An Empirical Study of Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Growth in Developing Countries

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  • Jeong, Dong-Won (Division of International Economics and Trade, Hoseo University) ;
  • Han, Jong-Ho (Division of International Economics and Trade, Hoseo University) ;
  • Lim, Chea-Sung (Department of Community Development, Kongju national University)
  • 정동원 (호서대학교 경제통상학부) ;
  • 한종호 (호서대학교 경제통상학부) ;
  • 임채성 (공주대학교 지역사회개발학과)
  • Received : 2014.01.20
  • Accepted : 2014.05.08
  • Published : 2014.05.31


For the past decades, role of foreign direct investment has increased. Specially, East Asia and BRICs has experienced rapidly economic growth by FDI. Nevertheless, most of developing countries suffer from poverty. This paper empirically explores the impacts of FDI on economic output using a cross-country analysis based on data from 88 developing countries for the years 1990-2011. To this end, FDI is explicitly included in production function as production factor. Cross-country regression of income level is estimated with the country's human development, population growth, physical accumulation, and FDI as explanatory variables. Main finding of this paper is that FDI has a positive and significant impact on economic growth.


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