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The impact of FDI on industry performance

  • Jürgen Bitzer

    (Free University Berlin Department of Economics & Institute for East European Studies)

  • Holger Görg

    (Centre for Research on Globalisation & Economic Policy, School of Economics, University of Nottingham)

This paper investigates the productivity effects of inward and outward foreign direct investment using industry and country level data for 17 OECD countries. The paper relates to a large recent literature on productivity spillovers from inward FDI, however, we also consider the relationship between productivity and outward FDI in the same estimation. Our results show that there are, on average, productivity benefits from inward FDI, although we can identify a number of countries which, on aggregate, do not appear to benefit in terms of productivity. On the other hand, a country's stock of outward FDI is, on average, negatively related to productivity. However, again there is substantial heterogeneity in the effect across OECD countries.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 04 May 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpit:0505003
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