Climbing To The Top? Foreign Direct Investment And Property Rights
AbstractThis paper operates at the interface of the literature on the impact of foreign direct investment (FDI) on host countries, and the literature on the determinants of institutional quality. We argue that FDI contributes to economic development by improving institutional quality in the host country and we attempt to test this proposition using a large panel data set of 70 developing countries during the period 1981 and 2005, and we show that FDI inflows have a positive and highly significant impact on property rights. The result appears to be very robust and is and not affected by model specification, different control variables, or a particular estimation technique. As far as we are aware this is the first paper to empirically test the FDI â property rights linkage.
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Volume (Year): 49 (2011)
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- Ali, Fathi & Fiess, Norbert & MacDonald, Ronald, 2009. "Climbing to the top? Foreign Direct Investment and Property Rights," SIRE Discussion Papers 2009-03, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).
- Fathi Ali & Norbert Fiess & Ronald MacDonald, 2009. "Climbing to the top? Foreign Direct Investment and property rights," Working Papers 2009_01, Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow.
- F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
- O43 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Institutions and Growth
- P48 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - Political Economy; Legal Institutions; Property Rights; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Regional Studies
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