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Ben van der Merwe

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Ben van der Merwe is a data journalist at New Statesman Media Group, specialising in FDI. He joined from the Reach Data Unit, where he was a fellow of the Google News Initiative. His investigative journalism has previously appeared in the Observer, VICE, Private Eye and New Statesman.

Articles by Ben van der Merwe
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What do trade deals mean for FDI?

Categorical claims about the impact of trade deals on FDI are not supported by the evidence, which paints a nuanced and sometimes contradictory picture.

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How Trump lost his war on FDI

Donald Trump quickly went on the offensive against the TPP and Nafta, and frequently attacked moves towards globalisation, but has the US's relationship with FDI changed in the past four years?

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War and peace and FDI

The link between foreign direct investment and peace is clear, but the direction in which it runs is less obvious.

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Can FDI data be trusted?

Irregularities in the data saw the withdrawal of this year's World Bank Doing Business report. Investment Monitor delves into the world of FDI data to assess whether the numbers can be trusted.

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