Date of Award

Spring 2013

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



First Advisor

Gerald Gunderson


Once one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia, Myanmar has suffered the effects of a closed economy for over 50 years to become one of the poorest and most corrupt countries in the world. Though excited international investors wait to exploit Myanmar’s large labor force and natural resources as it reopens its markets, the country is currently far behind its potential. In such a small economy, large FDI inflows would have a significant impact on the country’s path going forward. Whether or not it receives these inflows depends on how multinational enterprises view Myanmar’s investment environment. In particular, it’s recently enacted foreign investment law as well as the status of sanctions on the country. By looking at a cross-section of ASEAN-member countries from the period 1995-2011, this thesis studies the effect of foreign investment policies on FDI inflows using a fixed-effects regression.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Economics.