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Connections Between Foreign Direct Investments And Research-Developmentinnovation Activity

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  • MILEA, Camelia

    („Victor Slăvescu” Centre for Financial and Monetary Research, Romanian Academy)

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Foreign direct investments represent one of the ways of financing any economy. But as any funding source, it has advantages and disadvantages for the host country. In this article, I begin by clarifying the concepts of direct foreign investments and research, development and innovation. Then, I intend to present, based on the analysis and synthesis of the economic literature, the positive and negative effects of foreign direct investments on the activity of research - development - innovation, highlighting, based on interpretations, the correlations among them. The analysis shows that the relationship between foreign direct investments and the research development - innovation activity is complex and bidirectional. Another ideas developed in the article consist in the assessment of Romania's position regarding the research - development – innovation activity and in the presentation of the measures taken in Romania in order to reach the targets of the Europe 2020 strategy. Noting modest results in terms of research intensity in Romania, I suggest some measures aimed at stimulating research, development and innovation in our country.

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  • MILEA, Camelia, 2015. "Connections Between Foreign Direct Investments And Research-Developmentinnovation Activity," Studii Financiare (Financial Studies), Centre of Financial and Monetary Research "Victor Slavescu", vol. 19(1), pages 102-120.
  • Handle: RePEc:vls:finstu:v:19:y:2015:i:1:p:102-120
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    Keywords

    foreign investors; technology; competitiveness; economic development; interdependences; effects;
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    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D

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