Does Foreign Direct Investment Promote Growth? Exploring the Role of Financial Markets on Linkages. Laura Alfaro, March 2010, Paper. "Do multinational companies generate positive externalities for the host country? The evidence so far is mixed varying from beneficial to detrimental effects of FDI on growth, with many studies that find no effect. In order to provide an explanation for this empirical ambiguity, we formalize a mechanism that emphasizes the role of local financial markets in enabling foreign direct investment (FDI) to promote growth through backward linkages. Using realistic parameter values, we quantify the..." Link