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Technology Spillovers through Foreign Direct Investment

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  • Yuko Kinoshita
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    I study the effects of technology spillovers ("catch-up") and a firm's investment in skills (training) on the firm's productivity when FDI (foreign direct investment) is a carrier of new technology. Using a 1992 firm-level survey data in China, I test the investment equation proposed by Parente and Prescott (JPE, April 1994). I find: (1) The catch-up effect and a firm's training both significantly raise a firm's TFP (total factor productivity) growth, just as Parente and Prescott hypothesized, (2) Chinese local firms are more likely to train skilled workers than foreign firms, which accelerated technology spillovers they received from foreign firms, (3) Foreign joint ventures did not significantly raise local firms' TFP growth, (4) Foreign-owned firms in China are unlikely to train local workers. Instead, they import intermediate inputs from their home countries.

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    Paper provided by William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan in its series William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series with number 221.

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    Date of creation: 01 Jan 1999
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    Handle: RePEc:wdi:papers:1999-221

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    Cited by:
    1. Erol Taymaz & Aykut Lenger, 2004. "Multinational Corporations as a Vehicle for Productivity Spillovers in Turkey," DRUID Working Papers 04-09, DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies.
    2. Kinoshita, Yuko, 2001. "R&D and Technology Spillovers through FDI: Innovation and Absorptive Capacity," CEPR Discussion Papers 2775, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    3. Daniel Chudnovsky & Andres Lopez & Gaston Rossi, 2004. "Foreign Direct Investment Spillovers and the Absorption Capabilities of Domestic Firms in the Argentine Manufacturing Sector (1992-2001)," Working Papers 74, Universidad de San Andres, Departamento de Economia, revised Jul 2004.
    4. Yuko Kinoshita, 2000. "R&D and technology spillovers via FDI: Innovation and absorptive capacity," CERGE-EI Working Papers wp163, The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economic Institute, Prague.

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