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Outward foreign direct investments and home country’s economic growth

Dorota Ciesielska and Marcin Kołtuniak

Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 2017, vol. 482, issue C, 127-146

Abstract: The study examines the time stability of the causality direction and cross-correlations between the home country’s economic growth and pace of growth of its outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) stocks within the complex system of the Polish national economy. The research has been performed in order to verify, using both the time and frequency domains time series analyses, if economic agents’ long term decisions on outward foreign direct investments, leading to cross-border value chains and production fragmentation processes, are of adaptive or predictive character. Consequently, the aim was to check if the home country’s economic growth leads the internationalization processes of domestic enterprises, which stays in line with Dunning’s Investment Development Path (IDP) paradigm, or if these complex processes, thanks to entrepreneurs’ ability to formulate relevant rational expectations, precede the home country’s economic growth, which would be supported with the introduction of the policy on reinforcing the internationalization processes of domestic enterprises. The presence of the unidirectional economic growth-led internationalization, consistent with the IDP concept’s base assumptions, has been ascertained by the results of the short term Granger causality tests. Nevertheless, the results of the wavelet analyses, supported with the results of the econometric block exogeneity long term causality Wald tests, have revealed that in the long term the OFDI stocks’ growth permanently precedes the home country’s economic growth, which stays in the unequivocal contrast with the IDP paradigm’s premises, as well as with the indicated above short term Granger causality tests’ outcomes and indicates that economic agents’ choices are not strictly of adaptive but also of predictive character, which influences the current state of knowledge on economic complex systems’ characteristics. Such a result is of a great importance in the light of the existence of the significant and still unexploited internationalization potential of Polish enterprises.

Keywords: Cross-correlations; Outward FDI; Economic growth; Adaptive vs. predictive agents’ choices; Complex systems’ dynamics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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