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The Human Capital Dimension to Foreign Direct Investment : Training, Adverse Selection and Firm Location


  • Eicher, T-S
  • Kalaitzidakis, P


While the theoretical literature on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) focuses largely on movements in capital and firm specific technology, recent empirical evidence emphasizes primarily the local human capital necessary to absorb FDI technology. We examine how human capital affects FDI and add a new dimension to the trade and FDI literature : informational asymmetries.

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  • Eicher, T-S & Kalaitzidakis, P, 1997. "The Human Capital Dimension to Foreign Direct Investment : Training, Adverse Selection and Firm Location," Working Papers 97-03, University of Washington, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:udb:wpaper:97-03

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    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D


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