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Productivity Spillovers From Multinational Corporations: Vulnerability To Deficient Estimation

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  • Isabel Proenca

    (ISEG-UTL)

  • Maria Paula Fontoura

    (ISEG-UTL)

  • Nuno Crespo

    (ISEG-UTL)

Abstract

Evidence on productivity spillovers from FDI to domestic firms is ambiguous. Incorrect estimation procedures may be one of the sources for the contradictory results obtained in empirical studies on this subject. We observe that inadequacy of the estimation procedures leads to a severe underestimation of the spillover effect. In discussing the appropriated econometric methodology, inconsistency due to simultaneity of FDI and other explanatory variables and endogeneity related to firm unobserved heterogeneity are specially addressed. Additionally, incorrect inference and the possible lack of precision in estimation due to the availability of few periods in the panel are also analysed.

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  • Isabel Proenca & Maria Paula Fontoura & Nuno Crespo, 2005. "Productivity Spillovers From Multinational Corporations: Vulnerability To Deficient Estimation," International Trade 0508004, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpit:0508004
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    1. Nuno Crespo & Maria Paula Fontoura & Isabel Proença, 2009. "FDI spillovers at regional level: Evidence from Portugal," Papers in Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 88(3), pages 591-607, August.
    2. Smruti Ranjan Behera, 2015. "Do Domestic Firms Really Benefit From Foreign Direct Investment? The Role Of Horizontal And Vertical Spillovers And Absorptive Capacity," Journal of Economic Development, Chung-Ang Unviersity, Department of Economics, vol. 40(2), pages 57-86, June.

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    Keywords

    domestic firm productivity; multinational corporations; technological spillovers; panel data; Extended GMM.;

    JEL classification:

    • 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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