Reinhart, Carmen and Rogoff, Kenneth (2002): FDI to Africa: The role of price stability and currency instability. Published in: B. Plesovic and N. Stern, Annual World Bank Conference on Development Economics 2002: The New Reform Agenda. Washington DC: The World Bank/Oxford University Press, (2002): pp. 247-282.
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Africa lags behind other regions in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI). In some circumstances, there are obvious explanations for the absence of FDI, such as a high incidence of war. In this paper, we examine the role that monetary and exchange rate policy may have played in explaining this outcome. Specifically, we document the incidence of inflationary episodes and currency crashes in order to compare countries within the region as well as to make comparisons with other regions. Furthermore, since monetary policy can range from very transparent to very opaque, we assess Africa’s track record with dual and parallel markets. We use the parallel market premia as an indicator of the degree of distortions and extent of transparency. Our findings, suggest that this is a promising line of inquiry because Africa does stand apart from other regions in this measure of transparency. We also discuss some of the fiscal underpinnings of Africa’s bouts with high inflation.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||FDI to Africa: The role of price stability and currency instability|
|Keywords:||parallel market exchange rates inflation capital controls volatility foreign direct investment|
|Subjects:||F - International Economics > F4 - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance > F40 - General
F - International Economics > F3 - International Finance > F32 - Current Account Adjustment; Short-Term Capital Movements
F - International Economics > F5 - International Relations and International Political Economy > F51 - International Conflicts; Negotiations; Sanctions
|Depositing User:||Carmen Reinhart|
|Date Deposited:||09. Mar 2009 16:16|
|Last Modified:||12. Feb 2013 09:28|
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