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Determinants of Foreign Direct Investments in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation

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  • Khaled Guesmi
  • Frédéric Teulon

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This paper aims to investigate the relationship between Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows and their determinants in six major countries in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) over the period from 1998 to 2010. Using panel data techniques, we account for the possible presence of both economic dependencies and structural breaks. The findings show that there are common variables of economic significance among the examined countries: macro determinants such as openness, growth rate, exchange rate, and economic instability have a long-run impact on FDI inflows in our panel. The results are submitted to a battery of tests, including panel unit root and panel cointegration tests.

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Paper provided by Department of Research, Ipag Business School in its series Working Papers with number 2014-213.

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Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: 10 Apr 2014
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Handle: RePEc:ipg:wpaper:2014-213

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Keywords: Foreign Direct Investment; Economic dependencies; Structural breaks; South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation;

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