Foreign Direct Investment as Technology Transferred: Some Panel Evidence from the Transition Economies

35 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2002

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Nauro F. Campos

University College London; University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - The William Davidson Institute; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Yuko Kinoshita

International Monetary Fund (IMF); University of Michigan, William Davidson Institute; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: June 2002

Abstract

Although the theoretical literature has identified various sizeable benefits from foreign direct investment inflows (FDI), the empirical literature has been unable to establish a positive and significant impact of FDI on the rates of economic growth of host countries. One reason for this difficulty is that theory equates FDI to technology transferred, while in most countries and regions of the world FDI encompasses an array of arrangements that goes well beyond pure technology transfer. This Paper tests for the effects of FDI on growth in a set of countries in which FDI is pure technology transfer: the 25 Central and Eastern European and former Soviet Union transition countries between 1990-98. Our main finding is that, in this more appropriate setting, FDI has a positive and significant impact on economic growth as theory predicts.

Keywords: Foreign direct investment, economic growth, transition economies

JEL Classification: C33, F21, O16, O23, P27

Suggested Citation

Campos, Nauro F. and Kinoshita, Yuko, Foreign Direct Investment as Technology Transferred: Some Panel Evidence from the Transition Economies (June 2002). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=321086

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