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Foreign direct investment and total factor productivity in OECD countries: evidence from aggregate data

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  • Argentino Pessoa

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Foreign direct investment (FDI) can be a source not just of capital, but also of new technology and intangibles such as organizational and managerial skills, and marketing networks. In this study, a panel data approach is used to study the effects of FDI on aggregate Total Factor Productivity in a sample of 16 OECD countries. We have implemented a statistical descriptive model that allows us to show that FDI has a positive impact on TFP, possibly because FDI is a channel through which technologies are transferred internationally.

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  • Argentino Pessoa, 2005. "Foreign direct investment and total factor productivity in OECD countries: evidence from aggregate data," FEP Working Papers 188, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
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    Keywords

    Foreign direct investment; total factor productivity; royalties and license fees; spillovers;

    JEL classification:

    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business

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