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 Volume 6, Issue 3 (March 2019), Pages: 102-110


 Original Research Paper

 Title: Determinants of foreign direct investment in Arab countries during 1970–2016

 Author(s): Bilal Louail *


 College of Business Administration, Northern Border University, Arar, Saudi Arabia

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The aim of this study is to determine factors that attracted foreign direct investment to the Arab countries during the period of 1970–2016. Previous studies have shown that there are determinants attracting foreign direct investment to polarized countries, for which such investments are very important and have positive effects. Therefore, we studied and measured such determinants in Arab countries that are in dire need of investment. We found that foreign direct investment is positively affected by crude domestic output, economic openness, and value of foreign direct investment for the past year (t-1). However, they are negatively affected by inflation rates in the previous four years (t-4). 

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 Keywords: Foreign direct investment, Panel data regression model, Arab countries, Economic growth, Economic openness

 Article History: Received 9 November 2018, Received in revised form 27 January 2019, Accepted 29 January 2019


The authors gratefully acknowledge the approval and support of the deanship of scientific research study (grant no. BA-2016-1-6-F-5729) at the Northern Border University, Arar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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 Conflict of interest:  The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


 Louail B (2019). Determinants of foreign direct investment in Arab countries during 1970–2016. International Journal of Advanced and Applied Sciences, 6(3): 102-110

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