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A simple test of the role of foreign direct investment in the Feldstein- Horioka puzzle

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  • G. Rossini
  • P. Zanghieri

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The purpose of this article is to test the dependency of domestic investment on domestic saving in the Feldstein-Horioka spirit. Its innovation is to use a definition of investment that does not include foreign direct investment. It does so since FDI should not be considered in the intertemporal budget constraint of a recipient country and therefore should not be related to domestic saving in a meaningful way. Once it adopts, as the dependent variable, pure domestic investment the result is a weakened relationship between internal saving and investment.

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  • G. Rossini & P. Zanghieri, 2003. "A simple test of the role of foreign direct investment in the Feldstein- Horioka puzzle," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(1), pages 39-41.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:10:y:2003:i:1:p:39-41
    DOI: 10.1080/13504850210161869
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    1. Kumar, Saten & Sen, Rahul & Srivastava, Sadhana, 2014. "Does economic integration stimulate capital mobility? An analysis of four regional economic communities in Africa," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 29(C), pages 33-50.
    2. Eleftherios Makedonas & Stavros Tsopoglou, 2013. "Does Accounting for Foreign Capital Flows help to solve the Feldstein and Horioka Puzzle? The Case of Norway," Economic Issues Journal Articles, Economic Issues, vol. 18(1), pages 39-56, March.
    3. Chu, Kam Hon, 2012. "The Feldstein-Horioka Puzzle and Spurious Ratio Correlation," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 31(2), pages 292-309.
    4. Gianpaolo Rossini & Paolo Zanghieri, 2009. "Current account composition and sustainability of external debt," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(5), pages 677-683.
    5. Yannick BINEAU, "undated". "A Empirical Assessment of the Feldstein and Horioka Literature," EcoMod2010 259600030, EcoMod.

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