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Productivity Spillovers From Multinational Corporations In Portugal: Vulnerability To Deficient Estimation

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  • PROENÇA, Isabel
  • FONTOURA, Paula
  • CRESPO, Nuno

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Evidence on productivity spillovers from FDI to domestic firms is ambiguous. Incorrect estimation procedures may be one of the sources for the contradictory results obtained in empirical studies on this subject. We observe that inadequacy of the estimation procedures leads to a severe underestimation of the spillover effect. An appropriated econometric methodology is discussed taking into consideration the possible simultaneity of FDI and other explanatory variables and endogeneity related to firm unobserved heterogeneity. Robust inference is also addressed. Our findings for the Portuguese case seem sufficient clear to warn about spillover results obtained with a non-judicious application of the classical panel data methods.

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  • PROENÇA, Isabel & FONTOURA, Paula & CRESPO, Nuno, 2006. "Productivity Spillovers From Multinational Corporations In Portugal: Vulnerability To Deficient Estimation," Applied Econometrics and International Development, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 6(1).
  • Handle: RePEc:eaa:aeinde:v:6:y:2006:i:1_7
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    1. Nuno Crespo & Maria Paula Fontoura & Isabel Proença, 2009. "FDI spillovers at regional level: Evidence from Portugal," Papers in Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 88(3), pages 591-607, August.
    2. Barbosa, Natália & Eiriz, Vasco, 2009. "Linking corporate productivity to foreign direct investment: An empirical assessment," International Business Review, Elsevier, vol. 18(1), pages 1-13, February.
    3. 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.
    4. Tomáš Havránek & Zuzana Iršová, 2010. "Meta-Analysis of Intra-Industry FDI Spillovers: Updated Evidence," Czech Journal of Economics and Finance (Finance a uver), Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, vol. 60(2), pages 151-174, May.
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    Keywords

    domestic firm productivity; multinational corporations; technological spillovers; panel data; Extended GMM;

    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business

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