Does Chinese investment affect Sub-Saharan African growth?

Jian Zhang, Ilan Alon, Yanan Chen

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of foreign direct investment (FDI) on GDP growth in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) with particular emphasis on Chinese FDI. Design/methodology/approach: Based on the growth accounting model, a dynamic GMM estimation is used. To compare the results with previous findings, the paper also uses OLS and fixed effect estimates. Findings: The paper finds that neither FDI net inflows in SSA nor Chinese FDI has a significant effect on economic growth in SSA. By testing other economic growth determinants in SSA countries based on growth accounting theory, the paper finds the change in capital stock per labor has a persistent and significant positive impact on growth in SSA. Originality/value: This study provides new evidence on the influence of Chinese FDI on the growth of the SSA economies. There are very few empirical studies that analyze the growth of the SSA economies from a macroeconomic perspective using a partial equilibrium model. This paper tests the determinants of GDP growth using key macroeconomic variables and provides new insights into the determinants of GDP growth in the SSA countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-275
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Emerging Markets
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Africa
  • Capital flows
  • China
  • Foreign direct investment

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • Business and International Management


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