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Determinant Factors of FDI Spillovers - What Do We Really Know?

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  • Crespo, Nuno
  • Fontoura, Maria Paula

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Empirical evidence about FDI spillovers to domestic firms has provided mixed results. This global evaluation has recently been complemented with the analysis of the factors that determine the existence, dimension and sign of FDI spillovers. We survey the arguments that support these factors and analyze the empirical evidence already produced. FDI spillovers depend on many factors, frequently with an indeterminate effect. Absorptive capacity of domestic firms and regions are a precondition for incorporating the benefits of FDI spillovers. Concerning the remaining factors, the results suggest opposite effects or, in some cases, are still insufficient to legitimate decisive conclusions.

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Volume (Year): 35 (2007)
Issue (Month): 3 (March)
Pages: 410-425

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