General English


  • (written as VIE)
    voluntary import expansion.
  • acronym forVoluntary import expansion
    (written as VIE)
  • The use of policies to encourage imports, in response to pressure from trading partners. Due to Bhagwati (1987).


  • acronym forvariable interest entity
    (written as VIE)

Origin & History of “vie”

Vie is ultimately the same word as invite. It is a shortened version of the now defunct envie ‘make a challenge’, which came via Old French envier from Latin invītāre (source of English invite), a word of uncertain origin which meant ‘challenge’ as well as ‘invite’.