IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/a/agr/journl/vxxivy2017i2(611)p277-290.html
   My bibliography  Save this article

Economic freedom and foreign direct investment in South Asian countries

Author

Listed:
  • Sadia IMTIAZ

    (COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Abbottabad, Pakistan)

  • Malik Fahim BASHIR

    (COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Abbottabad, Pakistan)

Abstract

The risk related to any overseas investment is polygonal which reflects numerous features that are appropriate for investor, such as rule of law, transparency, governance, level of international trade, business and financial conditions etc. All such components combine to form domestic investment climate of an economy, which influence the inflows of foreign capital in a country. This study analyzed the role of domestic investment climate (measured by Heritage Foundation economic freedom index) along with other macroeconomic variables in attracting FDI in South Asia covering 20 years from 1995 to 2014 by applying panel data techniques. Results revealed that overall economic freedom is an important determinant of FDI. Disaggregated analysis of economic freedom suggests that only fiscal and trade freedom has statistically significant influence on FDI. Therefore, Study recommends south Asian Nations to improve domestic investment environment to attract more foreign capital.

Suggested Citation

  • Sadia IMTIAZ & Malik Fahim BASHIR, 2017. "Economic freedom and foreign direct investment in South Asian countries," Theoretical and Applied Economics, Asociatia Generala a Economistilor din Romania - AGER, vol. 0(2(611), S), pages 277-290, Summer.
  • Handle: RePEc:agr:journl:v:xxiv:y:2017:i:2(611):p:277-290
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://store.ectap.ro/articole/1284.pdf
    Download Restriction: no

    File URL: http://www.ectap.ro/articol.php?id=1284&rid=127
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    as
    1. Asiedu, Elizabeth, 2002. "On the Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment to Developing Countries: Is Africa Different?," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 30(1), pages 107-119, January.
    2. Belkacem Laabas and Walid Abdmoulah, "undated". "Determinants of Arab Intraregional Foreign Direct Investments," API-Working Paper Series 0905, Arab Planning Institute - Kuwait, Information Center.
    3. Kazeem Bello AJIDE & P.B. EREGHA, 2014. "Economic Freedom And Foreign Direct Investment In Ecowas Countries: A Panel Data Analysis," Applied Econometrics and International Development, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 14(2).
    4. Sotirios Bellos & Turan Subasat, 2012. "Corruption And Foreign Direct Investment: A Panel Gravity Model Approach," Bulletin of Economic Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 64(4), pages 565-574, October.
    5. Jain, Arvind K, 2001. " Corruption: A Review," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 15(1), pages 71-121, February.
    6. Cotton, Linda & Ramachandran, Vijaya, 2001. "Foreign Direct Investment in Emerging Economies: Lessons from sub-Saharan Africa," WIDER Working Paper Series 082, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    7. Paulo Júlio & Ricardo Pinheiro–Alves & José Tavares, 2013. "Foreign direct investment and institutional reform: evidence and an application to Portugal," Portuguese Economic Journal, Springer;Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestao, vol. 12(3), pages 215-250, December.
    8. Shang-Jin Wei, 2000. "How Taxing is Corruption on International Investors?," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 82(1), pages 1-11, February.
    9. Christian Bellak & Markus Leibrecht, 2009. "Do low corporate income tax rates attract FDI? - Evidence from Central- and East European countries," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(21), pages 2691-2703.
    10. de Mooij, Ruud A & Ederveen, Sjef, 2003. "Taxation and Foreign Direct Investment: A Synthesis of Empirical Research," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 10(6), pages 673-693, November.
    11. Hausman, Jerry, 2015. "Specification tests in econometrics," Applied Econometrics, Publishing House "SINERGIA PRESS", vol. 38(2), pages 112-134.
    12. Alamedin Bannaga & Yagoub Gangi & Rafid Abdrazak & Bashar Al-Fakhry, 2013. "The effects of good governance on foreign direct investment inflows in Arab countries," Applied Financial Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 23(15), pages 1239-1247, August.
    13. Sotirios Bellos & Turan Subasat, 2012. "Governance and foreign direct investment: a panel gravity model approach," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 26(3), pages 303-328, April.
    14. Ram Mudambi & Pietro Navarra & Andrew Delios, 2013. "Government regulation, corruption, and FDI," Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Springer, vol. 30(2), pages 487-511, June.
    15. Sufian Eltayeb Mohamed & Moise G. Sidiropoulos, 2010. "Another Look At The Determinants Of Foreign Direct Investment In Mena Countries: An Empirical Investigation," Journal of Economic Development, Chung-Ang Unviersity, Department of Economics, vol. 35(2), pages 75-95, June.
    16. Amendolagine, Vito & Boly, Amadou & Coniglio, Nicola Daniele & Prota, Francesco & Seric, Adnan, 2013. "FDI and Local Linkages in Developing Countries: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 50(C), pages 41-56.
    17. John H. Dunning, 1997. "The European Internal Market Programme and Inbound Foreign Direct Investment," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 35(1), pages 1-30, March.
    18. Gema Fabro & José Aixalá, 2012. "Direct and Indirect Effects of Economic and Political Freedom on Economic Growth," Journal of Economic Issues, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 46(4), pages 1059-1080.
    19. Bogdan Dima, 2008. "Economic and socio-politic freedoms: are these connected to the foreign direct investments?," Analele Stiintifice ale Universitatii "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" din Iasi - Stiinte Economice, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, vol. 55, pages 42-57, November.
    20. Sohaib Shahzad Hassan, 2015. "Economic Institutions and the Outward FDI Location Strategies of Emerging Market Multinational Business Groups: Evidence from Central and Eastern European Countries," Review of Economics and Institutions, Università di Perugia, vol. 6(1).
    21. John H. Dunning, 1997. "The European Internal Market Programme and Inbound Foreign Direct Investment," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 35(2), pages 189-223, June.
    22. Bevan, Alan A. & Estrin, Saul, 2004. "The determinants of foreign direct investment into European transition economies," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(4), pages 775-787, December.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:agr:journl:v:xxiv:y:2017:i:2(611):p:277-290. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Marin Dinu). General contact details of provider: http://edirc.repec.org/data/agerrea.html .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.