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The effect of COVID-19 on foreign direct investment inflows: stylised facts and some explanations

Imad A. Moosa () and Ebrahim Merza
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Imad A. Moosa: Kuwait University
Ebrahim Merza: Kuwait University

Future Business Journal, 2022, vol. 8, issue 1, 1-12

Abstract: Abstract The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives. The economic effects include the adverse consequences for economic growth, international trade, and foreign direct investment. This paper presents stylised facts about the fall and rebound of FDI inflows as a result of the pandemic. The effects of COVID-19 are considered from three angles: macroeconomic shocks to the economy, theories of foreign direct investment, and studies of the economic effects of disasters and crises. The change of heart away from globalisation and deindustrialisation may discourage FDI flows, which have already been undermined by other factors such as the digitisation of the economy and the emergence of Industry 4.0.

Keywords: COVID-19; Foreign direct investment; Crises (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1186/s43093-022-00129-5

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