International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Neo-Liberal Policy and Foreign Direct Investment in Africa
Yassaman Saadatmand, Jeremy Choquette

This paper analyzes the effects of Neo-liberal policy on FDI in Africa. It uses Freedom Index scores provided by the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal as a proxy for implementation of Neo-liberal policy. Using a panel-data regression from 1998to 2009, we find that the only Freedom Index measurement that has a statistically significant and positive effect on FDI in Africa was the absence of corruption, suggesting that Neoliberal policy has had little significance in the FDI-decision making process in the region. Key words: neo-liberal; foreign direct investment, freedom index, Africa

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