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Infrastructure or foreign direct investment?: An examination of the implications of MNE strategy for economic development

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  • Yamin, Mo
  • Sinkovics, Rudolf R.

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This paper explores the paradoxical relationship between MNE current strategies and economic development. There is evidence that positive developmental impacts of FDI flows are conditional on high levels of human capital and thus on the existence of 'good' infrastructure in recipient countries. In this paper we suggest that current MNE strategies have a negative impact on the development of infrastructure in LDCs. The justification for this argument arises from the low developmental impact of current FDI patterns and from rising costs of attracting increasingly footloose investment. The overall effect is to aggravate government financial constraints on the development of basic infrastructure. We develop propositions for future empirical research. We also consider implications for MNE strategy and argue that current MNE strategies are not only ineffective for delivering poverty reduction but that current strategies in developing countries do not necessarily serve the interest of MNEs either.

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Volume (Year): 44 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 144-157

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Keywords: Infrastructure Economic development FDI benefits Multinational strategy Poverty;

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