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Marco Sanfilippo

Department of Political Sciences,
University of Bari, Bari, Italy
Institute of Development Policy and Management
University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

E-Mail: marco.sanfilippo@uantwerp.be
Institutional Affiliation: University of Bari (Italy) and University of Antwerp (Belgium)

NBER Working Papers and Publications

January 2017FDI and Capital Formation in Developing Economies: New Evidence from Industry-level Data
with Alessia A. Amighini, Margaret S. McMillan: w23049
We contribute to the long debated issue of whether inward foreign direct investment (FDI) can stimulate investment in developing countries by introducing a novel measure of FDI, based on industry-level data. Our results suggest a positive impact of FDI on total investment – measured as the ratio of gross fixed capital formation to GDP – but only if multinational enterprises engage in manufacturing production; the same does not hold for other business activities. Moreover, we find evidence of a more beneficial impact of foreign investors from advanced economies compared to developing ones. Our results are robust to alternative measures of FDI, as well as to instrumental variable approaches accounting for the potential endogeneity of FDI.
 
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