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Spatial Effects of Foreign Direct Investment in US States

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  • Eckhardt Bode
  • Peter Nunnenkamp
  • Andreas Waldkirch

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Abstract: This paper estimates the aggregate productivity effects of Marshallian externalities generated by foreign direct investments (FDI) in the US. In contrast to earlier work, this paper puts special emphasis on controlling for Marshallian externalities and other intra- and inter-regional spillovers generated by domestic firms. The productivity effects of these externalities may, if not accounted for appropriately, be falsely attributed to FDI. This paper also deals with the potential endogeneity of FDI and the presence of spatial lags by employing a system generalized method of moments (GMM) estimator. We use a regional production function framework that models Marshallian externalities and other intra- and inter-regional spillovers explicitly as determinants of total factor productivity, and tests several empirical specifications of this model, using data for US states from 1977—2003. The results indicate that FDI does, in fact, generate positive externalities, while those from domestic firms are negative

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Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 1535.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2009
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Handle: RePEc:kie:kieliw:1535

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Keywords: Foreign Direct Investment; US States; Spatial Econometrics; Marshallian Externalities;

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  1. Selin Özyurt & Timo Mitze, 2012. "The Spatial Dimension of Trade- and FDI-driven Productivity Growth in Chinese Provinces – A Global Cointegration Approach," Ruhr Economic Papers 0308, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen.
  2. Frank Bickenbach & Wan-Hsin Liu & Peter Nunnenkamp, 2013. "Regional Concentration of FDI in Post-reform India: A District-level Analysis," Kiel Working Papers 1854, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  3. Laura Resmini & Laura Casi, 2013. "Spatial complexity and interactions in regions? FDI attractiveness," ERSA conference papers ersa13p1063, European Regional Science Association.
  4. Pandej Chintrakarn & Dierk Herzer & Peter Nunnenkamp, 2012. "Fdi And Income Inequality: Evidence From A Panel Of U.S. States," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 50(3), pages 788-801, 07.
  5. Hasanat Shah, Syed & Li, Jun Jiang, 2013. "Does Chinese Investment Contribute to The US Economy? An Analysis of Selected US States’ Growth, Employment and Exports," MPRA Paper 52575, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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