Attracting Foreign Investment to Arab Countries: Getting the Basics Right - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Attracting Foreign Investment to Arab Countries: Getting the Basics Right

Mohamed El-Erian and Mahmoud El-Gamal


Date:
November, 1997

NO.
718

Publisher:
Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Topic:
F. International Economics

Abstract
Foreign direct investment (FDI) is being sought by most, if not all, developing countries as a means of complementing the level of domestic investment, as well as securing economy-wide efficiency gains through the transfer of appropriate technology. To this end, policy makers have considered various incentive structures to attract FDI. This paper differentiates between “good” and “bad” types of incentives for FDI, with special focus on the experience and potential of the Arab countries.

Research Fellows

Mohamed El-Erian

Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz, the corporate parent of PIMCO


Research Fellows

Mahmoud El-Gamal

Rice University, USA


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