This volume appears at a time when there is tremendous interest in direct investment of one country in the industry of another. It brings together papers by leading economists from North America, Australia and Asia, and provides an excellent introduction to this currently important economic issue. The contributions include original and comprehensive surveys of experience with, and policies towards, direct foreign investment in the Asian-Pacific region. Of particular interest are the discussion of investment within and from Japan and the synthesis of studies on North America, Australia, and the developing Asian countries. The book is a valuable guide for policy-makers and businessmen, and should serve as an essential text for students of foreign investment. General readers will find answers here to many questions on the economics of countries which encourage foreign investment or invest considerably outside their own shores.