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Structural Reforms, Financial Liberalization, and Foreign Direct Investment

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  • Nauro F Campos
  • Yuko Kinoshita

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The relationship between structural reforms and foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows is complex because different reforms have different impacts and because their complementarities have important yet imperfectly understood effects on FDI inflows. The objective of this paper is to try to extricate these effects, focusing on the dynamics of privatization, trade, and financial liberalization in a large yearly panel of developing countries (Latin America and transition economies) for the period from 1989–2004. The main finding is that of a strong relationship of reforms to FDI and, especially, of financial liberalization. We subject our results to various sensitivity tests and find they are robust to different measures of reforms, split samples, panel estimators (fixed-effects, system generalized method of moments, and differences-in-differences), as well as to endogeneity and omitted variables concerns.

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Article provided by Palgrave Macmillan in its journal IMF Staff Papers.

Volume (Year): 57 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 326-365

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Handle: RePEc:pal:imfstp:v:57:y:2010:i:2:p:326-365

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  1. Hanousek, Jan & Kocenda, Evzen & Maurel, Mathilde, 2011. "Direct and indirect effects of FDI in emerging European markets: A survey and meta-analysis," Economic Systems, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 35(3), pages 301-322, September.
  2. Ho Fai Chan & Bruno S. Frey & Jana Gallus & Benno Torgler, 2013. "Does the John Bates Clark Medal boost subsequent productivity and citation success?," ECON - Working Papers, Department of Economics - University of Zurich 111, Department of Economics - University of Zurich.
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  4. Nahla Samargandi & Jan Fidrmuc & Sugata Ghosh, 2014. "Is the Relationship between Financial Development and Economic Growth Monotonic? Evidence from a Sample of Middle Income Countries," CESifo Working Paper Series 4743, CESifo Group Munich.

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