This study explores whether partnering with the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) protects foreign investors from aggressive actions by host countries’ governments. Building on the obsolescing bargaining model, we theorize that host states fear that hostile actions towards IFC-supported investments will damage their relationships with the World Bank. Within this context IFC support deters host government aggression towards investments. We assess our argument using country-level panel data as well as interviews with a sample of high-level managers. Findings suggest that IFC-support helps to reduce host state aggression against investing firms.
- International Finance Corporation
- Obsolescing bargaining model
- Political risk
- State-business relations
- World Bank
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Business and International Management