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Foreign direct investment and technology spillovers in sub-Saharan Africa

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  • Shunsuke Managi
  • Samuel Mulenga Bwalya

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Foreign direct investment (FDI) is an effective conduit for technology transfer through technology spillovers to domestically owned firms in the host country. This study analyses the significance of productivity externalities of FDI to local firms, in terms of both intra-industry and inter-industry spillovers, using firm-level data from Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. The results show evidences in support of intra- and inter-industry productivity spillovers from FDI for Kenya and Zimbabwe.

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  • Shunsuke Managi & Samuel Mulenga Bwalya, 2010. "Foreign direct investment and technology spillovers in sub-Saharan Africa," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(6), pages 605-608.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:17:y:2010:i:6:p:605-608
    DOI: 10.1080/13504850802167173
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