Determinants and Growth Effect of FDI in South Asian Economies: Evidence from a Panel Data Analysis

Bhavan Thangamani, Changsheng Xu, Chunping Zhong



This empirical study investigates the determinants and growth effect of FDI in case of four South Asian countries over the period of 1995-2000. It comprises two major analytical parts. Firstly, we incorporate a gravity model equation using panel data in order to investigate potential determinants of foreign direct investment in these countries. Secondly, we use a growth model equation to investigate growth effect of foreign direct investment in the countries. In both analyses, we employ Arellano-Bond dynamic panel system method of moment estimation method. The results derived from this study suggest that: (1) the pulling, pushing and cyclical factors are crucially important in determining FDI in South Asian countries; (2) foreign direct investment in South Asian countries are significant and positively associated with growth rate, but seem to be having average supportive to the growth rate in these countries.

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