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Foreign direct investment, growth and income inequality in less developed countries

  • Kevin Sylwester
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    How does foreign direct investment (FDI) affect economic growth in less developed countries (LDCs)? What is its association with changes in the income distribution? This paper empirically examines these issues within a cross section of less developed countries between 1970 and 1989. FDI is positively associated with economic growth within this sample of countries. However, there is no strong association between FDI and changes in income inequality within these same countries and over this same time period. Hence, there is no evidence that FDI is increasing income inequality within this group of LDCs.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal International Review of Applied Economics.

    Volume (Year): 19 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 289-300

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:irapec:v:19:y:2005:i:3:p:289-300
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