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Do Foreign Direct Investments Increase the Economic Growth of Southeastern European Transition Economies?

Stanisic, Nenad (2008): Do Foreign Direct Investments Increase the Economic Growth of Southeastern European Transition Economies? Published in: South-Eastern Europe Journal of Economics , Vol. 6, No. 1 (16. May 2008): pp. 29-38.

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Abstract

There are two important effects of foreign direct investments (FDI) on a host economy: the effect on economic growth and the effect on export performances.

Both economic features are important for the transition economies' prospects of European Union (EU) accession. After a short review of relevant research, this paper examines the statistical relationship between FDI inflow and economic growth. Results do not reveal any positive correlation between these two variables.

Lack of correlation between FDI inflows and economic development is rather the consequence of methodological imperfections, than the real absence of positive influences of FDI. The problem arises from the fact that the observed countries are in the transition process. Due to structural reforms, there is production and employment decrease in inefficient domestic firms. This can neutralize or even outweigh the positive effect of FDI on economic growth of host sectors.

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