Journal Article

How Does FDI Affect Health?


  • Herzer
  • D.
  • Nagel
  • K.
  • Nunnenkamp
  • P.
Publication Date

This paper investigates the impact of FDI on population health using panel data for up to 179 countries over the period from 1980 to 2011. Our main finding is that the relationship between FDI and health is non-linear depending on the level of income: FDI has a positive effect on health at low levels of income, but the effect decreases with increasing income, then changes sign and becomes increasingly negative at higher levels of income.


JEL Classification
F21, I12, O10

Key Words

  • ausländische Direktinvestitionen
  • developed and developing countries
  • foreign direct investment
  • population health