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Does foreign direct investment transfer technology across borders? New evidence

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  • Bitzer, Jürgen
  • Kerekes, Monika

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Based on industry-level data of seventeen OECD countries we examine FDI as a potential channel for knowledge diffusion. We find that FDI-receiving countries benefit strongly from FDI-related knowledge spillovers. We do not find evidence for positive outward-FDI-related technology sourcing effects.

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  • Bitzer, Jürgen & Kerekes, Monika, 2008. "Does foreign direct investment transfer technology across borders? New evidence," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 100(3), pages 355-358, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:100:y:2008:i:3:p:355-358
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