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Multinational firms and productivity catching-up: the case of Chilean manufacturing

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  • Roberto Alvarez
  • Gustavo Crespi

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In this paper, we study Total Factor Productivity (TFP) catching-up using 20 years of plant-level data for Chilean manufacturing. This paper addresses two key issues: first, we analyse whether there is evidence that low-productivity plants experience higher TFP growth than those closer to the technology frontier. Second, we investigate the role of multinational plants in accelerating the catching-up process by non-frontier domestic plants. Our results show evidence of productivity catching-up, and that a larger presence of multinationals positively contributes to this phenomenon. These findings are consistent with the idea of technology spillovers from high to low-productivity plants or that a higher presence of multinationals increase competitiveness and productivity in domestic markets.

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Article provided by Inderscience Enterprises Ltd in its journal Int. J. of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development.

Volume (Year): 1 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 136-152

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Handle: RePEc:ids:ijtlid:v:1:y:2007:i:2:p:136-152

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Keywords: technology transfer; total factor productivity; TFP; catching-up; multinational corporations; MNCs; Chile; manufacturing plants.;

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  1. Hansen, Thorsten, 2010. "Exports and Productivity: An Empirical Analysis of German and Austrian Firm-Level Performance," Discussion Papers in Economics 11466, University of Munich, Department of Economics.

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