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Productivity Spillovers from FDI in the Uruguayan Manufacturing Sector

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  • Kokko, Ari

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    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics)

  • Tansini, Ruben
  • Zejan, Mario

    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics)

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This paper examines intra-industry spillovers from FDI in Uruguayan manufacturing plants in 1988, to determine whether differences in the technology gap between locally- owned plants and foreign affiliates have any impact on the relation between local productivity and foreign presence. We find a positive and statistically significant spillover effect only in a sub-sample of locally-owned plants with moderate technology gaps vis-a-vis foreign firms. Our interpretation is that there are firm-specific differences in the ability to absorb spillovers, and that these may explain some of the contradictory findings of earlier spillover studies.

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Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 2.

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Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: Jan 1994
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Development Studies, 1996, pages 602-611
Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0002

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Keywords: Foreign direct investment; multinational corporations; productivity; spillovers;

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