Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/94887
Authors: 
Braconier, Henrik
Ekholm, Karolina
Midelfart Knarvik, Karen Helene
Year of Publication: 
2001
Series/Report no.: 
IUI Working Paper 553
Abstract: 
Multinational enterprises (MNEs) are important in transmitting technology across national borders. Not only do they allow for transfer of technology within the firm, but it is also believed that they are important channels for international R&D spillovers as well. This paper analyzes empirically whether inward and outward foreign direct investment (FDI) work as channels for international R&D spillovers. We utilize firm-level as well as industry-level data for Swedish manufacturing in the analysis. We find no evidence of FDI-related R&D spillovers - neither at the firm-level nor at the industry-level in Swedish manufacturing. The only variable that consistently affects total factor productivity is own investment in R&D.
Subjects: 
Multinational enterprises
Foreign direct investment
Spillovers
Research and development
JEL: 
F23
O32
O33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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