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Assessing the roles that absorptive capacity and economic distance play in the foreign direct investment-productivity growth nexus

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  • Philip Bodman
  • Thanh Le

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We further examine the channels through which Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) develops the national productivity of host countries. We investigate whether FDI is an effective channel of technological transfer across borders and whether that technology transfer is bi-directional: from an investing country to a host country and vice versa. In particular, an analysis is provided of whether FDI helps channel more resources towards the promotion of education activities and hence augments economic growth indirectly through augmenting the host country's absorptive capacity . Also, the analysis uses a novel approach to take into account the possibility that physical distances can act as a barrier to economic and technological interactions amongst countries, by embedding a measure of geographical distance into two specific channels: international trade and FDI. Empirical results obtained all lend strong support to these hypotheses.

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  • Philip Bodman & Thanh Le, 2013. "Assessing the roles that absorptive capacity and economic distance play in the foreign direct investment-productivity growth nexus," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(8), pages 1027-1039, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:45:y:2013:i:8:p:1027-1039
    DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2011.613789
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