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Technology Spillovers from Multinationals to Local Firms: Evidence from Automobile and Electronics Firms in China

  • MOTOHASHI Kazuyuki
  • YUAN Yuan

This study compares knowledge spillovers from multinationals to local firms in China between the automobile and electronics industries. In the automobile industry we find that multinationals in the assembly industry affect vertical spillovers to domestic parts supply firms, and horizontal spillovers also exist between domestic parts suppliers. In contrast, we cannot find vertical spillover effects of multinationals in the assembly industry to domestic suppliers in the electronics industry, only horizontal spillover effects from multinationals to domestic supply firms can be found. A different pattern of technology spillover suggests the importance of customization of FDI policy by industry.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2009
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Handle: RePEc:eti:dpaper:09005
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