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A note on labour productivity and foreign inward direct investment

  • Peter Egger
  • Michael Pfaffermayr

Foreign direct investment (FDI) is not only a transfer of capital, but a complex bundle of capital and firm-specific assets. In particular, the transfer of production know-how improves overall productivity of FDI-receiving firms and to some extent also that of the other firms due to spillovers. The present note uses a small panel of Austrian manufacturing sectors and investigates this hypothesis empirically. In a flexible CES-framework, general and labour-augmenting productivity improving effects of inward FDI are found. Thus, the job creation potential of FDI highlighted in previous studies is likely to be overestimated.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 8 (2001)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 229-232

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  1. Djankov, Simeon & Hoekman, Bernard, 1998. "Avenues of Technology Transfer: Foreign Investment and Productivity Change in the Czech Republic," CEPR Discussion Papers 1883, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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