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Investment Matters : The Role and Patterns of Investment in Southeast Europe

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  • Borko Handjiski
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    The purpose of this note is to provide policy insights to decision makers, academics, and researchers on the trends in investment in Southeast Europe (SEE). A comprehensive assessment of what determines investment is essential to identify, to the extent needed, policy actions that stimulate it. The report looks more in-depth into private investment trends in SEE, and explores some determinants of private investment, such as: the financing sources for investment, the contribution of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), and the role of public investment. The selection has been made based on the relative importance and data availability for the SEE economies. Some key determinants of investment such as political stability and business environment have not been included because these are already well covered in the existing literature. Overall, the report aims to assess not only the quantity but also the quality of investment. It should be noted that while (investment in) human capital is equally, if not more, important for economic growth, its role and patterns in SEE are beyond the scope of this report.

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    This book is provided by The World Bank in its series World Bank Publications with number 5920 and published in 2009.

    ISBN: 978-0-8213-7861-8
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    Keywords: Macroeconomics and Economic Growth - Investment and Investment Climate Finance and Financial Sector Development - Debt Markets Macroeconomics and Economic Growth - Economic Theory & Research Finance and Financial Sector Development - Access to Finance;

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    1. Stephane Straub, 2008. "Infrastructure and Growth in Developing Countries: Recent Advances and Research Challenges," ESE Discussion Papers 179, Edinburgh School of Economics, University of Edinburgh.
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