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Foreign Direct Investment And Economic Growth: The Growth Accounting Perspective

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  • MIAO WANG
  • M. C. SUNNY WONG

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A positive relationship between FDI and economic growth under two economic conditions has been estimated: a sufficient level of human capital and well‐developed financial markets, respectively. However, these two conditions can be fundamentally different catalysts for FDI to promote economic growth in the perspective of growth accounting. Using data from 69 countries over 1970–1989, we find that FDI promotes productivity growth only when the host country reaches a threshold level of human capital; and FDI promotes capital growth only when a certain level of financial development is achieved. (JEL F21)

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  • Miao Wang & M. C. Sunny Wong, 2009. "Foreign Direct Investment And Economic Growth: The Growth Accounting Perspective," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 47(4), pages 701-710, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecinqu:v:47:y:2009:i:4:p:701-710
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1465-7295.2008.00133.x
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    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements

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