FDI Spillovers, Financial Markets, and Economic Development

Author/Editor:

Selin Sayek ; Laura Alfaro ; Areendam Chanda ; Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan

Publication Date:

September 1, 2003

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper examines the role financial markets play in the relationship between foreign direct investment (FDI) and economic development. We model an economy with a continuum of agents indexed by their level of ability. Agents can either work for the foreign company or undertake entrepreneurial activities, which are subject to a fixed cost. Better financial markets allow agents to take advantage of knowledge spillovers from FDI, magnifying the output effects of FDI. Empirically, we show that well-developed financial markets allow significant gains from FDI, while FDI alone plays an ambiguous role in contributing to development.

Series:

Working Paper No. 03/186

Subject:

Frequency:

Annually

English

Publication Date:

September 1, 2003

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451859485/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1862003

Format:

Paper

Pages:

32

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