An Introduction to the IWH FDI Micro Database
The paper introduces to the IWH FDI micro database. It describes the conceptual ideas of the micro data collection and how the database distinguishes from other existing micro data on foreign investors. Since 2007, the IWH FDI micro database has been collecting firm level information on general business indicators, technological activities and information on governance structures within the enterprise. The data collection takes place at the foreign subsidiaries of multinational firms in East Germany and selected East European countries. The paper outlines which research gaps could already be addressed by use of the database and closes with an outlook on future research potential.