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Is foreign direct investment attracted to 'knowledge creators'?

  • Catherine Co
  • John List

The effect of 'knowledge creators' on location patterns of new foreign plants entering the USA from 1986 to 1993 is analysed. The empirical results from a conditional logit model suggest a link exists between knowledge bases, measured by patent counts, and the location decisions of foreign plants. In the limit, these results imply that a 1% increase in patent counts is associated with an increase in the probability of attracting a new foreign plant by as much as 1.874%.

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Volume (Year): 36 (2004)
Issue (Month): 11 ()
Pages: 1143-1149

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