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Foreign Direct Investment Flows and IMF Lending Programs. New Empirical Evidence from CESEE Countries


  • Anton Sorin Gabriel

    () (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași, Romania)


The aim of the paper it to assess the “catalytic effect” of IMF lending programs on foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to Central, Eastern and South-Eastern European (CESEE) countries during and after the latest global financial crisis. This paper provides new empirical evidence on this catalytic effect while controlling for banking stability. Our results show that IMF lending programs had a negative catalytic effect on FDI flows to emerging economies from CESEE over the period 1999-2013. Other key determinants of FDI flows to these countries are inflation, current account balance, level of education, and infrastructure.

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  • Anton Sorin Gabriel, 2016. "Foreign Direct Investment Flows and IMF Lending Programs. New Empirical Evidence from CESEE Countries," Scientific Annals of Economics and Business, Sciendo, vol. 63(3), pages 311-320, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:vrs:aicuec:v:63:y:2016:i:3:p:311-320:n:2

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    1. Curzio Giannini & Carlo Cottarelli, 2002. "Bedfellows, Hostages, or Perfect Strangers? Global Capital Markets and the Catalytic Effect of IMF Crisis Lending," IMF Working Papers 02/193, International Monetary Fund.
    2. Corsetti, Giancarlo & Guimaraes, Bernardo & Roubini, Nouriel, 2006. "International lending of last resort and moral hazard: A model of IMF's catalytic finance," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 53(3), pages 441-471, April.
    3. Javier Díaz-Cassou & Alicia García-Herrero & Luis Molina, 2006. "What kind of capital flows does the IMF catalyze and when?," Working Papers 0617, Banco de España;Working Papers Homepage.
    4. Koen J. M. van der Veer & Eelke de Jong, 2013. "IMF-Supported Programmes: Stimulating Capital to Non-defaulting Countries," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 36(4), pages 375-395, April.
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    IMF; catalytic effect; FDI flows; financial crisis; Central; Eastern and South-Eastern Europe;

    JEL classification:

    • F33 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions
    • F34 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Lending and Debt Problems
    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises


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