Does FDI in agriculture in developing countries promote food security? Evidence from meta-regression analysis

Tshering Samdrup, James Fogarty, Ram Pandit, Md Sayed Iftekhar, Kinlay Dorjee

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Although there is a consensus on the positive relationship between Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and economic growth, the relationship between FDI and food security is less clear. We use meta-analysis to combine the results of 24 primary studies to generate an overall estimate of the impact of FDI on food security. We find no evidence of publication bias and the overall pooled estimate of the impact is not significantly different from zero. Subgroup analysis, however, shows negative impact on food security when FDI is treated as a stock variable compared to when it is treated as a flow variable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1255-1272
Number of pages18
JournalEconomic Analysis and Policy
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023

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