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The effect of the great recession on foreign direct investment: global empirical evidence with a gravity approach

Salvador Gil-Pareja, Rafael-Llorca Vivero and Jordi Paniagua ()

Applied Economics Letters, 2013, vol. 20, issue 13, 1244-1248

Abstract: This article estimates the effect of the present global systemic banking crisis on foreign direct investment (FDI) using the gravity equation on a sample of 161 countries over the period 2003 to 2010. Systemic banking crises, through demand shocks and credit constraints, may impact FDI in two ways: aggregate monetary flows and individual projects count. Since gravity equations account for output variations, our research relies on the financial constraints channel. We find that the great recession, through credit constraints on home supply markets, has reduced the number of FDI projects, but not their size, forcing investors to become more selective on their international endeavours.

Date: 2013
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