Discutants: Carl Grekou (sénior) et Emmanuelle Faure (junior)
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to investigate the links between strategic metals – which are crucial in the transition to a low-carbon economy – and foreign investment flows. To this end, we consider a panel of 20 strategic metals and 110 countries over the 1997-2020 period. Using a battery of panel data estimations to ensure the robustness of our results, we find that there is no FDI-resource curse for the strategic metals production. Strategic metals have a very strong force of attraction on foreign investments, which has many implications for both the economic development and geopolitical weight of the different producing countries.