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Much Ado about Nothing? Do Domestic Firms Really Benefit from Foreign Direct Investment?

Much Ado about Nothing? Do Domestic Firms Really Benefit from Foreign Direct Investment? Governments the world over offer significant inducements to attract investment, motivated by the expectation of spillover benefits to augment the primary benefits of a boost to national income from new investment. There are several possible sources of induced spillovers from foreign direct investment. This article evaluates the empirical evidence on productivity, wage, and export spillovers in developing, developed, and transition economies. Although theory can identify a range of possible spillover channels, robust empirical support for positive spillovers is at best mixed. The article explores the reasons and concludes with a review of policy aspects. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The World Bank Research Observer Oxford University Press

Much Ado about Nothing? Do Domestic Firms Really Benefit from Foreign Direct Investment?

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Publisher
Oxford University Press
Copyright
The World Bank Research Observer, vol. 19, no. 2,
 © The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / THE WORLD BANK 2004; all rights reserved.
ISSN
0257-3032
eISSN
1564-6971
DOI
10.1093/wbro/lkh019
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Abstract

Governments the world over offer significant inducements to attract investment, motivated by the expectation of spillover benefits to augment the primary benefits of a boost to national income from new investment. There are several possible sources of induced spillovers from foreign direct investment. This article evaluates the empirical evidence on productivity, wage, and export spillovers in developing, developed, and transition economies. Although theory can identify a range of possible spillover channels, robust empirical support for positive spillovers is at best mixed. The article explores the reasons and concludes with a review of policy aspects.

Journal

The World Bank Research ObserverOxford University Press

Published: Sep 1, 2004

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