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Productivity Spillovers and Multinational Enterprises: in Search of a Spatial Dimension

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  • Resmini, Laura

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    (University Luigi Bocconi, Milan)

  • Nicolini, Marcella

    (University Luigi Bocconi, Milan)

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In this paper we analyse whether and to what extent MNEs can generate positive externalities for the host economies by allowing for spatial dependence patterns in TFP growth rates at sectoral and regional level. In order to achieve this research objective we use spatial econometric techniques, which allow us to identify not only the type of spatial dependence governing this phenomenon and to estimate it consistently, but also clusters and other “anomalies” in the patterns of productivity spillovers. There has been, at least in our knowledge, no spatial econometric study on the impact of MNEs on aggregate TFP; therefore, we aim at filling this gap. We found evidence of positive spillovers from MNEs operating in the region, and negative spillovers from MNEs outside the region. The latter are however limited to specific groups of regions, such as the capital regions and regions bordering with former EU-15 countries. Therefore, we can conclude that there seems to be a regional channel for FDI spillovers.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:esr:wpaper:dynreg10

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Keywords: DYNREG; foreign direct investment; productivity growth; spatial spillovers;

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  1. Winkler, Deborah, 2013. "Potential and actual FDI spillovers in global value chains : the role of foreign investor characteristics, absorptive capacity and transmission channels," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6424, The World Bank.
  2. Nuno CRESPO & Isabel PROENÇA & Maria Paula FONTOURA, 2012. "The Spatial Dimension in FDI Spillovers: Evidence at the Regional Level from Portugal," Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 12(1), pages 115-130.
  3. Tomas Havranek & Zuzana Irsova, 2012. "Survey Article: Publication Bias in the Literature on Foreign Direct Investment Spillovers," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 48(10), pages 1375-1396, October.
  4. Tanaka, Kiyoyasu & Hashiguchi, Yoshihiro, 2012. "Spatial spillovers from FDI agglomeration : evidence from the Yangtze River Delta in China," IDE Discussion Papers 354, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
  5. Farole, Thomas & Winkler, Deborah, 2012. "Foreign firm characteristics, absorptive capacity and the institutional framework : the role of mediating factors for FDI spillovers in low- and middle-income countries," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6265, The World Bank.

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