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Foreign Direct Investment and Small and Medium Enterprises:Productivity and Access to Finance


  • Khee Giap Tan
    (Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS, Singapore)

  • Kong Yam Tan
    (Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS, Singapore)


There is a large literature dealing with the spillover effects of foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to emerging and developing economies at the aggregate level. Beyond the aggregate impacts, a growing number of studies also examine the impact of FDI spillovers on firms of different sizes, especially small and medium enterprises (SME). This book is dedicated to exploring issues relating to the various interactions between FDI flows, productivity spillovers and SMEs in Asia and beyond. It studies globalization, FDI, and regional innovation in China, and trade and investment liberalization in India. It analyses how to promote SMEs and enhance labor productivity in Singapore. It investigates the impact of intellectual property rights processes on productivity growth. It documents the use of finance and financing patterns of informal firms. It uses empirical analysis to point out the limitations of traditional banks lending to SMEs and suggests possible policy approaches facilitating them to access growth capital. It also provides an empirical investigation of the main determinants of entrepreneurial activities.

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  • Khee Giap Tan & Kong Yam Tan (ed.), 2015. "Foreign Direct Investment and Small and Medium Enterprises:Productivity and Access to Finance," World Scientific Books, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., number 9616, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:wsi:wsbook:9616

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    Foreign Direct Investment; The Spillover Effects; Small and Medium Enterprises; Regional Innovation; Entrepreneurial Activities; Trade and Investment; Bank Lending; Labor Productivity;

    JEL classification:

    • F60 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization - - - General
    • F65 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization - - - Finance


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