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FDI, Regulations and Growth


  • Busse, Matthias
  • Groizard Cardosa, José Luis


The paper explores the linkage between income growth rates and foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows. So far the evidence is rather mixed, as no robust relationship between FDI and income growth has been established. We argue that countries need a sound business environment in the form of good government regulations to be able to benefit from FDI. Using a comprehensive data set for regulations, we test this hypothesis and find evidence that excessive regulations restrict growth through FDI only in the most regulated economies. This result holds true for different specifications of the econometric model, including instrumental variable regressions.

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  • Busse, Matthias & Groizard Cardosa, José Luis, 2006. "FDI, Regulations and Growth," HWWA Discussion Papers 342, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:hwwadp:342

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    Multinationals; Spillovers; Institutions; Development;

    JEL classification:

    • C31 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions; Social Interaction Models
    • F43 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Economic Growth of Open Economies
    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation
    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements


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