Title: Impact and determinants of the foreign direct investment on the Libyan economy

Authors: Osama Hassan Abulkasim Muhamed; Siti Nurazira Binti Mohd Daud

Addresses: Faculty of Economics and Muamalat Administration, University Science Islam Malaysia, 71700, Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia ' School of Economics, Finance and Banking, Universiti Utara Malaysia, 06010, UUM Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia

Abstract: In this study, the researchers aimed to investigate the effect of the foreign direct investment (FDI) on Libya's economic growth. The study has also investigated the effect of the financial development and the institutional quality on the FDI inflow in the country. This paper used the auto-regressive distributed lag (ARDL) bound test approach for determining the time-series data in the period ranging between 1981 and 2013. The results showed that the FDI positively affected the economic growth in Libya and possessed a non-linear relationship (i.e., threshold effect) with the country's economic growth. With regards to the FDI determinants, the researchers observed that the financial development positively affected the FDI in the Libyan economy. On the other hand, institutional quality did not significantly affect the FDI. Hence, the results showed that the financial development is the main determinant of the FDI inflow, whereas the institutional quality does not affect the FDI inflow within the country.

Keywords: FDI; foreign direct investment; Libya; effect and determinants; threshold regression; ARDL cointegration.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTGM.2021.10027981

International Journal of Trade and Global Markets, 2022 Vol.15 No.3, pp.276 - 293

Accepted: 27 Oct 2019
Published online: 12 Jul 2022 *

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