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Productivity and FDI of Taiwan Firms: A review from a nonparametric approach

  • WAKASUGI Ryuhei
  • NATSUHARA Takashi

This paper examines whether firms' productivity and the attributes of foreign direct investment (FDI) destinations affect both the choice of these destination as well as the accumulated number. The results of our examination, using firm-level data of Taiwan, present new evidence: (i) the productivity of firms conducting FDI in high-wage countries is higher than that in low-wage countries, but is not higher than the productivity of non-FDI firms; and (ii) the higher the productivity, the larger the number of FDI destinations regardless of the market attributes. These results provide the policy implication that government support for raising the productivity and lowering the cost of internationalization will accelerate the internationalization of Taiwan firms and eventually enhance economic growth in Taiwan.

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Paper provided by Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) in its series Discussion papers with number 12033.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: May 2012
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Handle: RePEc:eti:dpaper:12033
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