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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Hlongwane, Xolani John
URN etd-07012012-151652
Document Title The employment spillover of foreign direct investment and host country productivity
Degree MBA
Department Gordon Institute of Business Science
Advisor Name Title
Prof A Wöcke Supervisor
  • employment
  • FDI
  • GDP
Date 2012-03-08
Availability unrestricted
This study uses panel data to advance international business literature about the efficiency with which Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows to developed countries create employment compared to developing countries. It is argued that the economic activity of a host economy in the growth of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) facilitates its ability to attract FDI. The importance of this relationship lies in the components that make the GDP a composite measure and has wide-ranging implications on governance, effectiveness and efficiency of a host country. The analysis of data confirmed the hypothesis on the efficiency of developed economies in creating employment from FDI inflows.

The study further presents a detailed case, analysed from data, on the relationship between economic activities of major industrial sectors in South Africa and their ability to attract foreign investments. Furthermore, the extent to which the foreign investment creates employment in proportion to the FDI inflow is examined. The study findings support a positive relationship with GDP – FDI and employment. While similar trends were seen on industrial sectors, a declining growth in employment and FDI inflow were noticeable in South Africa.

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Hlongwane, XJ 2011, The employment spillover of foreign direct investment and host country productivity, MBA dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-07012012-151652/ >


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