The two faces of Foreign Direct Investment
For a developing nation, foreign direct investment is considered economically beneficial. These benefits include; the transfer of technologies, creation of employment, access to the global market and, the inflow of foreign capital. It is also observed that to lure foreign investors environmental norms are often relaxed. This emphasizes a negative impact on the environment of future generations. For sustainable development, it is important to balance economic development and environmental protection.
According to the pollution heaven hypothesis, it is observed that developed countries often relocate their industries to developing countries where environmental standards are not as strict as theirs. This results in the increased cost of protecting the environment.
To understand the impact of foreign direct investment on GDP, inflation, exports, total factor productivity and poverty were empirically analysed, since 1991. As there are many indices of poverty that have been used in the literature, per capita income was used as a proxy as an increase in per capita income implies poverty reduction.
India gains independence from the British and adopts Socialism.
India faces a major challenge of fiscal deficit along with famine.
In the amid of war foreign aid was cut adding to rising inflation.
India starts a new journey by opening its economy to the world.
The world faces a global recession and India’s rising GDP slips from 8% in 2007 to 5% in 2012.
India surpasses France to become the 5th largest economy of the world.
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Trend and determinants of FDI
- Reforms in policies and regulations of FDI in India
- The inflow of FDI in the key industries of India
- Impact of inflation rate on the inflow of foreign direct investment in India
- Factors that attract foreign direct investment in India
- Relating exchange rate and inflow of foreign direct investment in India
Pillars of the Indian economy
- The Indian economy before and after the economic reform
- Factors affecting the economic performance of a country
- FDI inflow plays a vital role to shape the Indian economy
- FDI inflow in pharmaceutical, chemical, metallurgical and textile industry of India
- Foreign direct investment in the manufacturing sector of India
The trend of exports, GDP and FDI inflow of India
India’s economy underwent a major change after the liberalization of policies in 1991. It is the major contributing factor towards the impressive growth of India’s GDP growth rate from 3.5% to 5.7% in the 90s while reaching 7.3% in 2007. FDI is one of the biggest contributors to this growing phenomenon. With the liberalization of the economy, the focus of the country shifted from the primary agricultural sector to secondary and tertiary manufacturing and service sectors.
Trade openness, international competitiveness gain, technological up-gradation, and appropriate utilization of resources increased exports and FDI inflows. However, the trend saw breaks in some years, specifically in 2003 and 2008. This was due to the global economic crisis.
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After the year 2000, major FDI inflows were in the service sector that included Telecommunications and Information Technology. The government allowed up to 100% FDI in several manufacturing segments such as drugs and pharmaceutical manufacturing and power generation. This led to the creation of opportunities for technological advancement, output generation, export promotion, and employment.
Investigating the relationship between foreign direct investment inflows and the environment
Environmental pollution is typically measured in terms of increase in major air and water pollutants. To test the impact of FDI on the environment in the period of post-reform, a few indicators of air pollution and water pollution is taken as the dependent variables. Air pollution indicators include Greenhouse gases (GHGs), nitrogen dioxide (NO2 ), sulphur dioxide (SO2 ), particulate matters (PM) among others. Water pollution indicators include both physical indicators namely temperature, biological oxygen demand (BOD) and chemical indicators namely phosphorus, nitrogen, ammonia among others.
Rising environmental concerns
The relationship between FDI and the environment
- Impact of FDI inflows on Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) in India
- Empirical evidence shows the impact of FDI on water pollution
- Impact of FDI inflows on the electrical conductivity in the rivers of India
- Impact of FDI inflows on water temperature in Indian rivers
- Impact of FDI inflows on the level of dissolved oxygen in Indian rivers
Inverse effect of economic activity on the environment
With the growth of the Indian economy, the environment quality has changed a lot. Greenhouse gases emissions increased from 3% in 2003 to 6% in 2012 and in case of water pollution, the growth in the level of faecal coliform in major Indian rivers increased from (69%) in 2004 to 82% in 2012. This increase in pollutants after the shift of FDI inflows towards the service sector is mainly due to increased urbanization. This has resulted in a rise in demand for commodities like food, electricity, and automobiles. Increased economic activities have caused industries to release more pollutants like PM, O3, CO2, CO, NO2, SO2, faecal coliform, metals, and mercury into the water bodies.
Despite the existence of international and national level environmental regulations, due to efficient monitoring and control technology, the rise in pollution could not be kept in check. This study identified a continuous inflow of funds, eco-friendly technology and knowledge sharing towards the sustainable development of the country.