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Does foreign direct investment transfer technology across borders? New evidence

  • Bitzer, Jürgen
  • Kerekes, Monika

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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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 100 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 355-358

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:100:y:2008:i:3:p:355-358
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