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Foreign Direct Investment in China: Determinants and Effects

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  • Dees, Stephane

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This paper attempts to assess the determinants of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in China and its effects on the whole economy. After presenting the main theoretical contributions and the previous works done about China's inward-FDI, an empirical study has been implemented extending the previous ones with a different data set (more recent) and with different methodologies. The traditional determinants of FDI seem to be relevant for China: domestic market size, cost advantages and openness to the rest of the world. Concerning the consequences of FDI on the Chinese economy, our empirical evidence supports the view that FDI affects China's growth through the diffusion of ideas. Through the introduction of new ideas, multinational firms develop technical progress and hence long-run economic growth. The transmission of ideas seems to have had a positive effect on the Chinese growth. Copyright 1998 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Economics of Planning.

Volume (Year): 31 (1998)
Issue (Month): 2-3 ()
Pages: 175-94

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