What is it about?

Foreign direct investment is an avenue of attracting foreign capital to less endowed nations for economic growth and employment generation, which fosters poverty alleviation. We have shown that FDI improves Ghana’s economy and creates employment significantly only when technological spillovers accompany it.

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Why is it important?

This study adds a new dimension to the literature on the impact of FDI on emerging economies by examining the role of technology in the association between FDI and growth, and FDI and employment.


Foreign direct investment (FDI) may be beneficial or harmful to the host nation based on factors such as geographical location, type of FDI, time period, economic bracket of the host nation, donor country, sector targeted, and so on. It is therefore very necessary for emerging/developing countries to investigate the benefits they derive from the current inflow of FDI to inform future FDI policy direction.

William Obeng-Amponsah

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This page is a summary of: Foreign direct investment, technological transfer, employment generation and economic growth: new evidence from Ghana, International Journal of Emerging Markets, August 2023, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/ijoem-02-2022-0200.
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