U.S. Private Investment in Latin America: Some Questions of National Policy.

by Leland Johnson

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Employing historical empiricism and theoretical analysis, this Memorandum examines various economic-political side effects of U.S. private investment in foreign countries--side effects that might have adverse effects on relations between the host countries and the United States. Presuming that large economic benefits do accrue to host economies from the U.S. investment, the study explores the nature and sources of conflict that can arise between host countries and U.S. investors and lead to the involvement of the U.S. government. From this analysis, the study identifies a number of relevant issues in formulating future U.S. national policy toward American private investment abroad. 97 pp. Bibliog

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