Acta Universitatis Danubius. Œconomica, Vol 14, No 4 (2018)

Investment of Foreign Capital in Commercial Banks in Kosovo and Unpredicted Profits from High Interest Rates

Nakije myftar Kida


Kosovo as a transition country has made continuous efforts to attract foreign capital, being confident that it could be a means of capital growth in Kosovo. The Government of Kosovo since 2000 has opened especially the banking sector for foreign investment. Even economic reforms have given special emphasis to this sector by supporting it with internal policies. This paper analyzes the relationship between FDI, interest rates and human capital in Kosovo. The model is evaluated using the Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) approach. The results show that statistically, the predictive variables, Human Capital (HC) and the high interest rates (IR), have significantly contributed to FDI in the service sector. This may be one of the youngest human capital factors with high interest rates in Europe. The fact that expansion of investments from this sector is missing is a sign that profits are repatriated to the home country. The "Crowding-out" effect of foreign capital invested in commercial banks exists. The implication of trade policy and FDI should be revised so that FDI, from the banking sector, is expanded with new banks, a descending factor of interest rates and a facilitating factor for businesses and employment in Kosovo.


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