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Technology transfer through vertical linkages: the case of the Spanish manufacturing industry

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  • Jean-Louis Mucchielli

    () (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne)

  • Liza Jabbour

    (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne)

Abstract

Whether or not foreign direct investment helps to upgrade the technological capacities of firms in host countries is an important question for policy makers. Even more important is the question of what are the most effective channels of technology transfer. The econometric analysis presented here is based on a firm level database from Spain for the period 1990-2000. We associate spillovers with the effect of horizontal and vertical FDI on total factor productivity of local firms. We find that technology spillovers are limited to the case of vertical linkages. However these spillovers are affected by the technology gap between domestic firms and foreign affiliates as well as by the characteristics of foreign affiliates. Linkages with export-oriented affiliates and fully owned ones seem to have a better influence on the productivity of domestic firms.

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  • Jean-Louis Mucchielli & Liza Jabbour, 2007. "Technology transfer through vertical linkages: the case of the Spanish manufacturing industry," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00310536, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:cesptp:halshs-00310536
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    1. C. Imbriani & R. Pittiglio & F. Reganati & E. Sica, 2014. "How Much do Technological Gap, Firm Size, and Regional Characteristics Matter for the Absorptive Capacity of Italian Enterprises?," International Advances in Economic Research, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 20(1), pages 57-72, February.
    2. Chrysovalantou Milliou, 2014. "Location for Foreign Direct Investment in Vertically Related Markets," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 22(2), pages 326-341, May.
    3. Santos, Eleonora, 2017. "Externalities from FDI on domestic firms’ Productivity: A Literature Review for Developed Countries," MPRA Paper 88958, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    5. Patricia Augier & Olivier Cadot & Marion Dovis, 2013. "Imports and TFP at the firm level: the role of absorptive capacity," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 46(3), pages 956-981, August.
    6. Andrew Jia Yi Kam, 2016. "Death of linkages in host countries? A firm-level study on the channels of productivity spillovers in the Malaysian manufacturing sector," Asian-Pacific Economic Literature, Asia Pacific School of Economics and Government, The Australian National University, vol. 30(1), pages 65-79, May.
    7. Rosanna Pittiglio & Filippo Reganati & Edgardo Sica, 2015. "Do Multinational Enterprises Push up the Wages of Domestic Firms in the Italian Manufacturing Sector?," Manchester School, University of Manchester, vol. 83(3), pages 346-378, June.
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    10. FERRAGINA, Anna Maria & MAZZOTTA, Fernanda, 2017. "Firm Employment Resilience and FDI: Evidence from Italy," CELPE Discussion Papers 152, CELPE - Centre of Labour Economics and Economic Policy, University of Salerno, Italy.
    11. Pérez-Villar, Lucia & Seric, Adnan, 2015. "Knowledge transfer in global supply chains: Multinationals in Sub-Saharan Africa," Kiel Working Papers 1994, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
    12. Barge-Gil, Andrés & López, Alberto & Núñez-Sánchez, Ramón, 2017. "Estimation of Foreign MNEs spillovers in Spain," MPRA Paper 77348, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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