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2007 International Conference on Ethiopian Development Studies (4th ICEDS) A Multidisciplinary Conference on the Challenges of Peace and Development in Ethiopia & the Horn of Africa, held in Kalamazoo, Michigan (WMU), August 2-4, 2007

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This study, examines the roles of macroeconomic uncertainty, political risk, as well as host country institutions, in affecting FDI inflows into African economies. The past few decades have witnessed a surge of FDI inflows to developing regions. However, FDI inflows to Africa still remain small when compared to other developing regions. What characteristics does Africa exhibit that deter FDI inflows into the region? Investor surveys show political instability, corruption and macroeconomic uncertainty to be strong deterrents of FDI inflows to Africa. However, there are very few studies in the literature that investigate rigorously the impact of macroeconomic uncertainty and political risk, as well as the role of host country institutions for FDI inflows into African economies. I Use a sample of 11 African countries, and employ Fixed Effect and Arellano-Bond GMM estimators. The most important finding is that macroeconomic uncertainty (captured by conditional variances obtained from GARCH models) and the poor quality of host country institutions (proxied by corruption) are deterrents of FDI inflows into these economies. However, political risk (proxied by internal and external conflicts) does not significantly affect FDI inflows into Africa economies.