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Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Growth: Evidence from Asian Selected Countries


  • Sheida Soleimani

    () (Department of Economics of Shiraz University)

  • Mehdi Behname

    (Department of Economics of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (FUM))


The purpose of this paper is to investigate the influence of foreign direct investment (FDI) on economic growth in Asian countries for the years 1980-2010. The IPS unit root test indicates that variables are stationary in level and Hausman test proves that we should apply the random effects model. Having estimated the model we come to the conclusion that FDI has positive and significant effect on economic growth and variables such as human capital, economic infrastructure and capital formation have positive effect on GDP. However, population, technology gap and inflation have negative effect on the economic growth.

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  • Sheida Soleimani & Mehdi Behname, 2012. "Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Growth: Evidence from Asian Selected Countries," Economic Analysis, Institute of Economic Sciences, vol. 45(3-4), pages 67-74.
  • Handle: RePEc:ibg:eajour:v:45:y:2012:i:3-4:p:67-74

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    Foreign direct investment; economic growth; Asia; panel data;

    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


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