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The characteristics and determinants of FDI in Ghana

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  • Barthel, Fabian
  • Busse, Matthias
  • Osei, Robert

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Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) can be a valuable tool for development. However, not all forms of FDI are equally beneficial for the host country. The paper analyses the characteristics and determinants of FDI in a typical developing country: Ghana. Moreover, key policy areas are indicated, in order to enable Ghana both to attract more FDI and to increase the benefits from these capital inflows. The analysis combines qualitative and quantitative methods and is partly based on data retrieved from the World Bank's 2007 Enterprise Survey, and partly on our own survey of 54 multinational enterprises operating in Ghana. --

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Paper provided by Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) in its series HWWI Research Papers with number 2-15.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:zbw:hwwirp:2-15

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Keywords: Foreign Direct Investment; Multinational Enterprises; Ghana;

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  1. Osei, Robert Darko, 2012. "Aid, Growth and Private Capital Flows to Ghana," Working Paper Series, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  2. Shashidhara Kolavalli & Elizabeth Robinson & Guyslain Ngeleza & Felix Asante, 2012. "Economic Transformation in Ghana: Where Will the Path Lead?," Journal of African Development, African Finance and Economic Association, African Finance and Economic Association, vol. 14(2), pages 41-78.
  3. Cantah, William Godfred & Wiafe, Emmanuel Agyapong & Adams, Abass, 2013. "Foreign direct investment and trade policy openness in Sub-Saharan Africa," MPRA Paper 58074, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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