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Uncovering the Channels through which FDI affects current account: The Case of Turkey

  • A. Yasemin Yalta

In this paper, we argue that foreign direct investment (FDI) flows can have an effect on current account through three different channels: exports, imports, and profit remittances. By identifying the response differentials of these variables to a change in FDI flows employing a Vector Autoregression (VAR) model, we provide evidence for the current-account disturbing effects of FDI. Our findings suggest that profit remittances complicate the relationship between FDI and current account, and therefore should be taken into consideration in formulating policies concerning FDI flows.

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Paper provided by TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1108.

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