سرمایه گذاری مستقیم خارجی، نابرابری، و رشد
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|9417||2007||16 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||7054 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Macroeconomics, Volume 29, Issue 4, December 2007, Pages 824–839
This paper examines the interactions between Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), inequality, and growth, both from an empirical and a theoretical point of view. Using a panel of 119 developing countries, we observe that FDI promotes both inequality and growth, and tends to reduce the share of agriculture to GDP in the recipient country. We then set up a growth model of a dual economy in which the traditional (agricultural) sector uses a diminishing returns technology, while FDI is the engine of growth in the modern (industrial) sector. The main predictions of the model are consistent with the stylized facts observed in the data.
A recent United Nations Human Development Report (1999) suggests that in an era where there is massive infusion of modern technology, the inequality in the level of access to technology in different countries is widening.1 This paper attempts to explain why this is the case by looking at how FDI impacts human capital inequality, an issue which has been neglected in the literature. We first present some stylized facts relative to the interactions between FDI, human capital inequality, growth, and the share of agriculture to GDP in the recipient country. These stylized facts are based on a panel of 119 developing countries over the period 1970–1999. We find that there is a positive association between FDI and inequality, as well as between FDI and growth, and a negative relationship between FDI and the share of agriculture to GDP in the recipient country. These findings suggest that, in developing countries, FDI induced growth exacerbates human capital inequality. We then develop a growth model with the aim to explain these stylized facts. Our model is based on a dynamic dual economy in which the traditional (agricultural) sector uses a diminishing returns technology, while FDI is the engine of growth in the modern (industrial) sector. There are two types of altruistic agents in this economy: the poor with a low initial human capital, and the rich (entrepreneurs) with a high initial human capital. In this world, foreign capital benefits the rich who have enough human capital to operate modern manufacturing enterprises. It does not benefit the poor, unless they are able to accumulate sufficient human capital to operate the modern technologies by becoming entrepreneurs. Their ability to become entrepreneurs depends on the productivity of agriculture and on their initial level of human capital. An enclave economy scenario, where it is not feasible for the poor to become entrepreneurs, portrays that there is rising inequality between the rich and the poor as foreign capital enhances the total factor productivity of the modern sector. Along the trajectory of growth and inequality, the agricultural sector, which uses traditional indigenous technology, diminishes in importance. In an alternative scenario where the poor have the potential to become entrepreneurs, the model makes similar predictions, barring some special transitional paths. The theoretical results are, therefore, broadly consistent with the stylized facts. The rest of the paper is organised as follows. Section 2 presents a brief literature review. Section 3 describes the stylized facts aimed at motivating our theoretical analysis. In Section 4, we lay out the theoretical model. In Section 5, we discuss the model’s predictions regarding the interactions between FDI, inequality, and growth in the enclave economy scenario, and the scenario where it is feasible for the poor to actually become entrepreneurs. Section 6 concludes the paper.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
In this paper, we investigated how the infusion of foreign capital impacts human capital inequality. Using a panel of 119 developing countries over the period 1970–1999, we found that FDI promotes both inequality and growth, and tends to reduce the share of agriculture to GDP in the recipient country. We then developed a growth model aimed at explaining these stylized facts. Our model is characterized by a dual economy in which the traditional (agricultural) sector uses a diminishing returns technology, while FDI is the engine of growth in the modern (industrial) sector. In accordance with our stylized facts, the main predictions of our model can be summarized as follows: in plausible scenarios, FDI and inequality are positively correlated; FDI fosters growth; and FDI and the share of agriculture to GDP are negatively related. The upshot of our analysis is that FDI could exacerbate inequality, particularly in an environment where the poor are unable to access the modern FDI-based technology because of low initial human capital. The problem could be due to imperfect credit markets, which fail to finance the cost of schooling for the poor. Public policies aimed at tackling these circumstances could be of use. For instance, educational subsidies could help the poor to reach the minimum amount of human capital necessary to become entrepreneurs. In the long-run, such policies could allow the poor to catch-up with the rich.