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Foreign direct investment and growth in developing countries: evidence from the countries of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States

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  • Mamingi, Nlandu
  • Martin, Kareem

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This paper empirically explores the relationship between foreign direct investment (FDI) and economic growth in the countries of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). To reach that goal, the paper utilizes panel data consisting of annual data covering the period 1988-2013 from 34 countries, including the six OECS economies, and estimates a dynamic panel growth model using the generalized method of moments (GMM). The empirical results show that although FDI positively affects growth, its impact is minimal when considered in isolation. In other words, its significant effect is rather indirect. There is also a strong and positive interaction between infrastructural development and FDI in enhancing economic growth, but FDI crowds out domestic investment. These findings have policy implications.

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  • Mamingi, Nlandu & Martin, Kareem, 2018. "Foreign direct investment and growth in developing countries: evidence from the countries of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States," Revista CEPAL, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL), April.
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    Keywords

    INVERSION EXTRANJERA DIRECTA; MACROECONOMIA; CRECIMIENTO ECONOMICO; MODELOS ECONOMETRICOS; INDICADORES ECONOMICOS; FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT; MACROECONOMICS; ECONOMIC GROWTH; ECONOMETRIC MODELS; ECONOMIC INDICATORS;

    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F43 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Economic Growth of Open Economies
    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models

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