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Dynamic linkages between transport, logistics, foreign direct Investment, and economic growth: Empirical evidence from developing countries

Samir Saidi, Venkatesh Mani, Haifa Mefteh, Muhammad Shahbaz () and Pervaiz Akhtar

Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 2020, vol. 141, issue C, 277-293

Abstract: This study examines the relationship between transport, logistics, foreign direct investment (FDI), and economic growth in developing countries over the period 2000–2016. A global panel data comprising of 46 developing countries were collected and divided into three sub-panels: European and Central Asian countries (ECA), Middle East, North African and Sub-Saharan countries (MENA-SSA), and East Asian, Pacific, and South Asian countries (EAPSA). Using GMM estimators, we found that all underlying variables influence each other in the long-run. The direction of causal relationship between the variables tended to vary across panels with different levels of significance. The results arising out of empirical analysis imply that transport and logistics infrastructure do contribute to FDI ‘attractiveness’ and sustainable economic growth. These results would be of particular interest to policymakers, working in developing countries, and help them design and develop modern transportation and logistics, coupled with interlinked technological factors, which could possibly be used for sustainable economic development, and which in turn would attract FDI.

Keywords: Transport; Logistics infrastructures; ICT; Foreign direct investment; Economic growth; Developing countries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2020.09.020

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