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Exploring Links between FDI Inflows, Energy Consumption, and Economic Growth: Further Evidence from MENA Countries

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  • Mohamed Abdouli and Sami Hammami

    (University of Sfax, Faculty of Economics and Management of Sfax)

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This study aims to examine the nexus between economic growth, FDI inflows and energy consumption on a panel of 17 countries using a ¡®growth model¡¯ framework and simultaneous-equation models estimated by the generalized method of moments (GMM) over the 1990-2012 period. We also implement these empirical models for 17 countries selected on the basis of data availability. They include: (a) 12 Middle Eastern countries, namely: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Turkey, Iran, Syria, Jordan and Yemen, (b) 5 North African countries, namely: Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya. Our results indicate that there is a bidirectional causal relationship between FDI inflows and economic growth, as between well as energy consumption and economic growth. Besides, there is a unidirectional causal relationship between energy consumption to FDI inflows for the global panel. This implies that the increase of energy consumption increases the FDI inflows for individual and collective countries.

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  • Mohamed Abdouli and Sami Hammami, 2017. "Exploring Links between FDI Inflows, Energy Consumption, and Economic Growth: Further Evidence from MENA Countries," Journal of Economic Development, Chung-Ang Unviersity, Department of Economics, vol. 42(1), pages 95-117, March.
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    Energy Consumption; FDI Inflows; Economic Growth; MENA Countries; Simultaneous Equation Models;

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    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • B22 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - Macroeconomics
    • B27 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - International Trade and Finance
    • B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology
    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models

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