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Foreign direct investment spillovers: additional lessons from a country study

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  • Flôres Junior, Renato Galvão
  • Fontoura, Maria Paula
  • Santos, Rogério Guerra

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We investigate the impact of foreign direct investment on the productivity of domestic firms, using sectoral data for Portugal. An improved analysis takes into account the most appropriate interval for the technological gap between foreign and domestic firms. Sectoral variation of spillovers, idiosyncratic sectoral factors and the search for inter-sectoral effects provide new insights on the subject. Significant spillovers require a proper technology differential between the foreign and domestic producers and favourable sectoral characteristics. Broadly, they occur in modern industries in which foreign firms have a clear, but not too sharp, edge on the domestic ones. Agglomeration effects are also identified as pertinent specific influences.

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  • Flôres Junior, Renato Galvão & Fontoura, Maria Paula & Santos, Rogério Guerra, 2002. "Foreign direct investment spillovers: additional lessons from a country study," FGV EPGE Economics Working Papers (Ensaios Economicos da EPGE) 455, EPGE Brazilian School of Economics and Finance - FGV EPGE (Brazil).
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    1. Isabel Proenca & Maria Paula Fontoura & Nuno Crespo, 2005. "Productivity Spillovers From Multinational Corporations: Vulnerability To Deficient Estimation," International Trade 0508004, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Miguel Lebre de Freitas & Ricardo Paes Mamede, 2008. "Structural Transformation and the role of Foreign Direct Investment in Portugal: a descriptive analysis for the period 1990-2005," GEE Papers 0009, Gabinete de Estratégia e Estudos, Ministério da Economia, revised Dec 2008.
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    4. Santos, Eleonora, 2017. "Assessing the Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on Domestic Manufacturing Firms’ Productivity: A Database for Portugal," MPRA Paper 88959, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Crespo, Nuno & Fontoura, Maria Paula, 2007. "Determinant Factors of FDI Spillovers - What Do We Really Know?," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 35(3), pages 410-425, March.
    6. PROENÇA, Isabel & FONTOURA, Paula & CRESPO, Nuno, 2006. "Productivity Spillovers From Multinational Corporations In Portugal: Vulnerability To Deficient Estimation," Applied Econometrics and International Development, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 6(1).
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    8. Nuno Crespo & Maria Paula Fontoura, 2008. "Regional Integration and International Economic Geography in the Portuguese Case - an update," Working Papers Department of Economics 2008/51, ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics and Management, Department of Economics, Universidade de Lisboa.

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