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Foreign Direct Investments, Technology Transfer and Economic Growth. A Panel Approach

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  • Hudea Caraman, Oana Simona

    (Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest)

  • Stancu, Stelian

    (Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest)

Abstract

This paper calls into question the existing of a direct and positive impact of foreign direct investments on economic growth. Considering that many controversial results have been caused by the use of cross-country or time-series investigations that do not reveal all facets of this complex issue, we resorted to panel data, thus capturing the continuously evolving country-specific differences. Our study, made on seven East- European countries, during 1993-2009, is based on panel OLS / GMM fixed and random effect estimations, panel cointegration and causality analysis. The results not only reveal a direct and positive influence of foreign direct investments on gross domestic product, both in the short and in the long-run, therefore reducing the technological gap with more developed countries, but they also render a reverse causality running from GDP to FDI.

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  • Hudea Caraman, Oana Simona & Stancu, Stelian, 2012. "Foreign Direct Investments, Technology Transfer and Economic Growth. A Panel Approach," Journal for Economic Forecasting, Institute for Economic Forecasting, vol. 0(2), pages 85-102, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:rjr:romjef:v::y:2012:i:2:p:85-102
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    Keywords

    economic growth; foreign direct investments; absorption capacity; longrun equilibrium; bi-directional causality;
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    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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