Natural Resources and FDI in GCC Countries


  • Mohamed Mahjoub Elheddad University of Hull



Economic growth, endogeneity, FDI, GCC region, natural resources, panel data.


Natural resources are a blessing for some countries to attract FDI but cursed for others. Existing literature argues the suggestion that resource-rich countries attract less FDI because of resource (oil) price volatility. This study examines that natural resources discourage FDI in GCC countries (the FDI-Natural resources curse hypothesis), using panel data analysis for six oil dependent countries during 1980-2013 and applying several econometrics techniques. The main findings of this paper is that natural resources measured by oil rents have a negative association with FDI inflows; this negative impact is robust even when other FDI determinates of FDI  are included. FDI inflows decreased between 0.15 and 0.92% when oil rents increased by 1%. In addition, the empirical results show that trade openness and labour force are the main factors that encourage FDI, while political instability and corruption deter FDI inflows into GCC countries.

Author Biography

Mohamed Mahjoub Elheddad, University of Hull

PhD student in Economics Department at University of Hull.I intersted in FDI, Economic growth, Natural resources curse economics and Panel data analysis.


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