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ANDREAS JOHNSON Host Country Effects of Foreign Direct Investment

ANDREAS JOHNSON

Host Country Effects of Foreign Direct Investment
The Case of Developing and Transition Economies

JIBS Dissertation Series No. 031

JIBS Dissertation Series

No. 031

ANDREAS JOHNSON

Host Country Effects of Foreign Direct Investment
The Case of Developing and Transition Economies

This thesis consists of four individual essays and an introductory chapter. While independent from each other, these essays share some common properties. They are all empirical and focus on the interaction between inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI) and host country characteristics. The primary focus of the thesis lies in how inflows of FDI affect developing and transition economies. Macro-level data are used in all essays. The first essay analyses the FDI inflows that the transition economies of Eastern Europe have attracted and tries to find determinants of these inflows. The following two essays compare the effect of FDI between developing and developed economies. The second essay studies the relationship between corruption in the host country and the volume of FDI inflows. The third essay explores the effect of FDI inflows on host country economic growth. The fourth and final essay analyses the relationship between FDI and trade, focusing on the link between FDI flows and host country exports in eight East Asian economies.

ISSN 1403-0470 ISBN 91-89164-64-4

ANDREAS JOHNSON

Host Country Effects of Foreign Direct Investment
The Case of Developing and Transition Economies

Jönköping International Business School P.O. Box 1026 SE-551 11 Jönköping Tel.: +46 36 10 10 00 E-mail: info@jibs.hj.se www.jibs.se

Host country effects of foreign direct investment: The case of developing and transition economies JIBS Dissertation Series No. 031

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ISSN 1403-0470 ISBN 91-89164-64-4

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Acknowledgement
As I have learned during the past years, writing a dissertation in economics is not only a stimulating but a very challenging undertaking and I have occasionally asked myself whether I would actually be able to complete this project. Now, when the goal finally has been reached, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all the people who to some extent made this possible. First and foremost, I would like to thank my supervisors, Professors Börje Johansson and Charlie Karlsson, who offered me the position of doctoral student at JIBS. Their comments and recommendations have been invaluable and a necessity in order for me to successfully finalise this dissertation. Another important contribution to reach this goal has been the Friday seminars at the economics department, introduced and chaired by Professor Bo Södersten and later chaired by Professor Åke E. Andersson, which have been instrumental in identifying the pitfalls and problems in my dissertation papers. Taking advantage of the insightful comments of the seminar participants, I have been able to significantly improve the quality of the chapters that I presented there. I am very grateful to Professor Hans Lööf who acted as discussant during the final seminar and provided invaluable comments and suggestions for further improvement of the dissertation. I have also benefited significantly from co-operation and discussions with Tobias Dahlström, the co-author of the second paper. Scott Hacker has been helpful in providing suggestions for improvements of the empirical work. I would also like to express my appreciation for all comments and suggestions from my other colleagues at the economics department during the years. Gratitude is also owed to Björn Kjellander for his professional and timely help in correcting the language of this dissertation, and to Kerstin Ferroukhi for her support with all practical matters. I would also like to thank my friends back home at...
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