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Technology transfer through vertical linkages: The case of the Spanish manufacturing industry

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Whether or not foreign direct investment helps to upgrade the technological capacities of firms in host countries is an important question for policy makers. Even more important is the question of what are the most effective channels of technology transfer. The econometric analysis presented here is based on a firm level database from Spain for the period 1990-2000. We associate spillovers with the effect of horizontal and vertical FDI on total factor productivity of local firms. We find that technology spillovers are limited to the case of vertical linkages. However these spillovers are affected by the technology gap between domestic firms and foreign affiliates as well as by the characteristics of foreign affiliates. Linkages with exportoriented affiliates and fully owned ones seem to have a better influence on the productivity of domestic firms.

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Article provided by Universidad del CEMA in its journal Journal of Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): X (2007)
Issue (Month): (May)
Pages: 115-136

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Handle: RePEc:cem:jaecon:v:10:y:2007:n:1:p:115-136

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Keywords: technology spillovers; vertical linkages; foreign direct investment;

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  6. Selin Sayek & Seda Köymen, 2009. "The Role of Human Capital in Productivity Spillovers from FDI: An Empirical Analysis for Turkish Manufacturing Firms," 2009 Meeting Papers 919, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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  8. Alper Sönmez & M. Teoman Pamukçu, 2011. "Foreign Direct Investment and Technology Spillovers in the Turkish Manufacturing Industry," STPS Working Papers 1103, STPS - Science and Technology Policy Studies Center, Middle East Technical University, revised Mar 2011.
  9. Seda Koymen & Selin Sayek, 2010. "The Role of Human Capital In Productivity Spillovers from FDI : An Empirical Analysis on Turkish Manufacturing Firms," Departmental Working Papers 1003, Bilkent University, Department of Economics.
  10. Huu Thanh Tam Nguyen & Nguyen Khac, 2013. "Demand creation and competition effect of Export-platform FDI on backward linkages - Evidence from panel data analysis of Vietnamese supporting industries," Documents de recherche 13-02, Centre d'Études des Politiques Économiques (EPEE), Université d'Evry Val d'Essonne.
  11. Yanling Wang, 2010. "Exposure to FDI and New Plant Survival: Evidence in Canada," Carleton Economic Papers 10-05, Carleton University, Department of Economics.

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