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Electricity regulation and FDIs spillovers in the OECD: A panel data econometric approach

Michael Polemis () and Irene Fafaliou

The Journal of Economic Asymmetries, 2015, vol. 12, issue 2, 110-123

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to investigate the regulatory process in the electricity sector and determine the extent to which it has affected the level of Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs). For this purpose, we use an annual data set covering the period 1975–2010 and panel data econometric techniques. Our results suggest a feedback effect between electricity regulation and the attraction of FDIs in the OECD countries. This finding highlights the existence of a sound regulatory environment in the examined electricity sectors, implying that a liberalized and competitive electricity sector can be employed under specific settings by policy makers to attract FDIs. Further, we find a two-way Granger type causation between FDIs and effective regulation in the electricity sector, thus providing sufficient evidence that a proper regulatory environment is a prerequisite for increases in the level of FDIs.

Keywords: Regulation; Foreign direct investments; Electricity sector; OECD countries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L51 L1 L94 C2 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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