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Productivity Spillovers from Multinational Corporations in the Portuguese Case: Evidence from a Short Time Period Panel Data

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  • Isabel Proença
  • Maria Paula Fontoura
  • Nuno Crespo

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Empirical evidence on productivity spillovers - a concept that embodies the fact that foreign enterprises own intangible assets which can be transmitted to domestic firms, thus raising their productivity level - is ambiguous. With a panel data set at the firm level for the Portuguese manufacturing industry, we aim to uncover the possibility that the choice of statistical techniques will have profound effects on evidence of spillovers diffusion. We will consider the panel data models commonly used in the literature and the recent and more robust Extended GMM technique, specially devised for panels with a small number of time periods. We find that positive spillovers occur only when the technologic gap between domestic and foreign firms is moderate. Though all methods agree on this result. there are differences worth to be noted, revealing that the traditional estimates can sometimes be misleading.

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Paper provided by ISEG - School of Economics and Management, Department of Economics, University of Lisbon in its series Working Papers Department of Economics with number 2002/06.

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Keywords: Domestic firm productivity; multinational corporations; Portugal; technological spillovers; panel data; Extended GMM.;

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  1. Nuno Crespo & Maria Paula Fontoura & Frank Barry, 2004. "EU Enlargement and the Portuguese Economy," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 27(6), pages 781-802, 06.
  2. Bouoiyour, Jamal, 2004. "Foreign direct investment in Morocco," MPRA Paper 31457, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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  5. Crespo, Nuno & Fontoura, Maria Paula, 2007. "Determinant Factors of FDI Spillovers - What Do We Really Know?," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 35(3), pages 410-425, March.

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