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Does Foreign Direct Investment Transfer Technology Across Borders? A Reexamination

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  • Jürgen Bitzer

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

  • Monika Kerekes

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

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Reexamining foreign direct investment (FDI) as a potential channel for knowledge diffusion -- based on industry data from seventeen OECD countries during the period 1973-2000 -- we find that FDI-receiving countries benefit strongly from FDI-related knowledge spillovers. We do not find evidence for positive FDI-related technology sourcing effects. Instead, our results suggest that outward FDI might have negative effects on the output of the FDI-sending country.

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  • Jürgen Bitzer & Monika Kerekes, 2005. "Does Foreign Direct Investment Transfer Technology Across Borders? A Reexamination," Macroeconomics 0505004, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpma:0505004
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    foreign direct investment; knowledge spillovers;

    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
    • E23 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Production

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