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Linking corporate productivity to foreign direct investment: An empirical assessment

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  • Barbosa, Natália
  • Eiriz, Vasco

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This paper examines whether foreign firms generate productivity spillovers. Despite the relevance of this question to public policy, previous studies have failed to find consistent and conclusive evidence to support the existence of positive spillovers. Using previously unexploited firm-level data over the 1994-1999 period, we attempt to contribute to the literature on productivity spillovers from FDI by analysing the Portuguese manufacturing industry. The results indicate that foreign firms in the same industry of the observed firms (horizontal spillovers) and linkages between foreign firms and their local suppliers or customers (vertical spillovers) do not impact significantly on firms' productivity. Moreover, we detected no differences on productivity spillovers associated to firm-specific characteristics.

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Volume (Year): 18 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 1-13

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Keywords: FDI GMM Manufacturing industry Panel data Vertical and horizontal spillovers;

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