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Human capital and FDI: Development process of the developing country in an overlapping generation model

Tadashi Morita () and Kouki Sugawara

The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development, 2015, vol. 24, issue 7, 922-946

Abstract: We construct an overlapping generation model with human capital accumulation to analyze the effect of human capital level on foreign direct investment (FDI) in a small open developing country. In particular, we assume that manufactured goods have the human capital intensive technology and young agents choose whether to work or to educate themselves. When the human capital level in the developing country is sufficiently small, manufactured goods firms do not conduct FDI and the economy in the developing country is trapped in poverty. If the government of the developing country levies a tariff on the imports of manufactured goods, manufacturers conduct FDI, and the economy in the developing country can escape from the poverty trap.

Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.1080/09638199.2014.986748

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