Growth and Foreign Direct Investment Absorption across Cultural Dimensions

Alfredo A. Romero & Jeffrey A. Edwards

International Journal of Social Economics Vol. 47 No. 8 (2020)

Abstract: Injections of foreign direct investment (FDI) are often followed by injections of foreign culture which may not be well received among the local population. If this is the case, culture may impede any positive externalities from FDI. On the other hand, if the people of the host country embrace injections of FDI, this may lead to boosts in not only short-run factors of production but also longer-term technological spillovers. We measure what role cultural make-up of a country plays on the effect of FDI on growth in GDP.

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