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Overseas R&D by Multinationals in foreign Centers of Excellence

  • Fors, Gunnar

    (The Industrial Institute for Economics and Social Research)

  • Zejan, Mario

    (Department of Economics)

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    This paper examines the determinants of overseas R&D by Swedish multinationals. Our empirical results indicate that the location of R&D abroad to a large extent is motivated by the need to adapt products and processes to conditions in the foreign markets where the firms operate. However, we also find that the MNEs tend to locate their R&D in host countries which are relatively specialized technologically in the firms' own areas. This finding may suggest that one additional motive to locating R&D abroad is to gain access to knowledge in foreign "centers of excellence" and benefit from localized spillovers.

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    Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 111.

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    Length: 21 pages
    Date of creation: Mar 1996
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0111
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