The Impact of IMF-Supported Programs on FDI in Low-income Countries

Author/Editor:

Ali J Al-Sadiq

Publication Date:

July 16, 2015

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

It is common for IMF-supported adjustment programs with low-income member countries (LICs) to project that they will facilitate FDI inflows. The main objective of this paper is to empirically examine this hypothesis. Using an unbalanced panel dataset for 73 low-income countries over the period 1980–2012, and two different econometric methods that address the selection-bias problem, the empirical results robustly show that participating in IMF-supported program is associated with a significant increase in FDI inflows.

Series:

Working Paper No. 15/157

English

Publication Date:

July 16, 2015

ISBN/ISSN:

9781513502342/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2015157

Format:

Paper

Pages:

38

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