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How Does Corruption Influence the Effect of Foreign Direct Investment on Economic Growth?

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  • Okada, Keisuke
  • Samreth, Sovannroeun

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We investigate the effect of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) on economic growth by employing the data of 132 countries for the period from 1995 to 2008, considering the role of corruption in each country as an absorptive factor. The estimation results indicate that, although FDI alone does not promote economic growth, it has a significant effect on economic growth if the interaction term between FDI and corruption is considered. The threshold level of corruption separating the negative and positive effects of FDI on economic growth is approximately in the 10th percentile from the least corrupt countries. The existence of a corruption threshold implies a counter-intuitive proposition: that FDI inhibits economic growth in countries where corruption is below a corruption threshold, and promotes economic growth in countries where corruption is above the threshold. Our results are robust even if we use different corruption indices and conduct the instrumental variable estimation to address endogeneity problems.

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  • Okada, Keisuke & Samreth, Sovannroeun, 2010. "How Does Corruption Influence the Effect of Foreign Direct Investment on Economic Growth?," MPRA Paper 27572, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Foreign Direct Investment; Economic Growth; Corruption;
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    • D73 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • F43 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Economic Growth of Open Economies

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