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Does Foreign Direct Investment Transfer Technology Across Borders? A Reexamination

  • Bitzer, Jürgen
  • Kerekes, Monika

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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Paper provided by Free University Berlin, School of Business & Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 2005/7.

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