Nexus between Macroeconomic Factors and Corporate Investment: Empirical Evidence from GCC Markets

Umar Farooq, Mosab I. Tabash, Basem Hamouri, Linda Nalini Daniel, Samir K. Safi

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Abstract

The current study aims to explore the role of various macroeconomic factors in determining corporate investment. Using firm-level data of six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region countries for a 14 year period (2007–2020), the current study establishes the empirical analysis by employing the system generalized method of moments (GMM) technique. The empirical results reveal the negative impact of foreign direct investment whilst the positive impact of economic growth, financial development, and inflation rate on corporate investment decisions. Due to high market competition, foreign direct investment can hamper the growth of domestic industrial sectors. However, economic growth, financial development, and inflation rate positively drive the investment by enhancing the demand for industrial products, cheap financing, and price appreciation effect on production enrichment respectively. Based on results, it is suggested that corporate managers should consider the economic sensitivity of investment. The novelty of study can be listed, as the current analysis presents the dynamic role of various economic factors in determining the corporate investment decisions specifically in GCC region countries.

Original languageEnglish
Article number35
JournalInternational Journal of Financial Studies
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • corporate investment
  • financial development
  • GCC countries
  • GMM
  • macroeconomic factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance

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