FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH: THE ROLE OF THE FINANCIAL SECTOR DEVELOPMENT
EMEKA NKORO, AHAM KELVIN UKO
This study examined the role of the domestic financial sector development in the relationship between foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows and inclusive growth in Nigeria over the period, 1981-2020 using annual time series. Analytically, the study employed the autoregressive distributed lag approach of cointegration. The bound test result shows that there is a long-run relationship between inclusive growth and financial sector development, as well as the other underlying variables. Empirically, the result reveals that the FDI exerted a significant positive effect on inclusive growth when the domestic financial sector has reached a certain minimum level of development. The result further shows that the FDI alone has a significant negative effect on inclusive growth. This means that FDI alone does not necessarily increase the well-being of the people, except when a certain minimum level of financial sector development is attained. This is evidence that the domestic financial sector development is a pre-condition for FDI to effectively promote inclusive growth in Nigeria. Therefore, the study recommends that the development of the domestic absorptive capacity-financial sector development should be extended by promoting reforms that will translate FDI inflow into inclusive growth.
Inclusive Growth, Foreign Direct Investment, Financial Sector Development, Threshold Level, ARDL Approach.
EMEKA NKORO, AHAM KELVIN UKO (2022). Foreign Direct Investment and Inclusive Growth: The Role of the Financial Sector Development. International Journal of Economic Sciences, Vol. XI(2), pp. 144-162. , DOI: 10.52950/ES.2022.11.2.008
Received: 13 Sep 2022
Revised: 26 Oct 2022
Accepted: 10 Nov 2022
Published: 24 Nov 2022
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