The Environmental Effects of FDI: Evidence from MENA Countries - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

The Environmental Effects of FDI: Evidence from MENA Countries

Imad Moosa


Date:
July, 2019

NO.
1321

Length:
20 pages

Publisher:
Economic Research Forum

Topic:
Q5. Environmental Economics
F2. International Factor Movements and International Business

Empirical work on the environmental effects of FDI has produced a mixed bag of results, with hardly any evidence for MENA countries. A theoretical model is presented, postulating that whether FDI has a positive or negative effect on the environment depends on the position of the underlying country or region on the environmental Kuznets curve. This paper presents results indicating that FDI leads to environmental degradation in MENA countries and that they fall on the rising sector of the EKC. The theoretical model is supported by the empirical results.

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Imad Moosa

Professor of Finance, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia.


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