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Essays on investment and growth in an international setting : dottorato di ricerca in scienze economiche : tesi di dottorato

Del Bo, Chiara <1977- >

Tesi o dissertazioni - 2009

Abstract
This dissertation is a collection of four papers dealing with different aspects of investment, their determinants and effect on growth, from a theoretical and empirical perspective. The first part deals with international capital flows, by analyzing the determinants and a growth-enhancing channel of FDI. The second part focuses on productive public investment, by presenting an endogenous growth model with public capital and an empirical investigation of level and growth effects of infrastructure stock of European regions. The first paper investigates the effect of exchange rate and institutional instability on FDI inflows by presenting a partial equilibrium model of foreign entry and an empirical investigation on a panel of countries over thirty years, also using sector specific data. The second chapter deals with the possibility that FDI is a vehicle of knowledge transfer, therefore contributing to foster host country growth. The focus is on foreign capital flowing from developed countries towards countries farther away from the technology frontier [...]
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