AutorLoyola ECON

Asali, M; Campoamor, A.C. & Shaked, A.

LOCAL HUMAN CAPITAL FORMATION AND OPTIMAL FDI

This paper lends both theoretical and empirical support to the notion of optimal FDI levels. It does so by uncovering an inverted-U-shaped relationship between FDI and human capital formation. The optimality of a particular FDI inflow depends on the educational incentives induced by FDI on the local, heterogeneous population. Our estimates confirm the significance of a positive (linear) and a negative (non-linear) impact of FDI stocks on tertiary schooling, which are exclusively relevant in developing countries.