The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on Poverty Reduction in the Developing Countries

Yaser Ahmad Arabyat


The aim of this study is to choose and estimate the effect of foreign investments in engine for economic growth and hence poverty reduction in the developing countries. The study concluded that there is a weak effect of non-moral of foreign investments on decreasing unemployment in the developing countries, regardless of the existence or absence of development. In addition, the study concluded with a negative effect for the total local production on unemployment and poverty. Finally, we concluded that this may be a result of profit repatriation of foreign firms, crowding out of domestic investment because of FDI or low level of human capital in the country.

Consequently, the study recommended to despite how desirable the inflow of FDI is to developing countries, care should be taken when attracting foreign investments and they should be directed to the productive sectors of the economy. Also government should create a competitive environment so as to maximize the benefits of FDI because by exposing foreign investors to an even playing field with indigenous investors.

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