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What Determines Foreign Direct Investment In Developing Countries?: A Panel Data Analysis


  • SIMSEK, Salih
  • SEKMEN, Fuat
  • AK, Mehmet Zeki


This study examines that why developing countries attract different amount of direct investment. Thus, the paper considers many different factors, such as economic, politic, and socio-cultural factors. The paper firstly uses Levin, Lin and Chu (2002) tests in order to if series have unit roots or not. The study takes into account of the period of 1996-2006 and 26 developing countries by using panel study and uses nine different independent variables. These are: Real GDP growth, current account deficit, inflation, openness, labor productivity, economic freedom, political right, corruption, economic integration. The study concludes that these variables affect foreign direct investment for developing countries.

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  • SIMSEK, Salih & SEKMEN, Fuat & AK, Mehmet Zeki, 2010. "What Determines Foreign Direct Investment In Developing Countries?: A Panel Data Analysis," Applied Econometrics and International Development, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 10(2).
  • Handle: RePEc:eaa:aeinde:v:10:y:2010:i:2_2

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    1. Noorbakhsh, Farhad & Paloni, Alberto & Youssef, Ali, 2001. "Human Capital and FDI Inflows to Developing Countries: New Empirical Evidence," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 29(9), pages 1593-1610, September.
    2. Busse, Matthias & Hefeker, Carsten, 2007. "Political risk, institutions and foreign direct investment," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 23(2), pages 397-415, June.
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