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No 08-28:
How Important is Export-Platform FDI? : Evidence from Multinational Activities in Poland

Ingo Geishecker, Jørgen Ulff-Møller Nielsen () and Konrad Pawlik

Abstract: This paper investigates the link between export performance and multinational enterprise presence utilizing trade and industry data for Polish manufacturing industries for the years 1994-2002. Decomposing trade into final and intermediate goods and assessing the impact of foreign-owned capital on the respective export performance of Polish industries, we suggest a significant role of export-platform FDI into Poland, while the importance of FDI for vertical integration is limited suggesting that the sourcing of intermediate goods from Poland primarily occurs through arm’s-length contractual outsourcing instead of in-house sourcing of multinational enterprises. The paper also suggests that over the sample period, where Poland has evolved into a relatively stable economic environment, the role of export-platform FDI has increased significantly.

Keywords: Export-platform FDI; Vertically integrated multinational enterprises; Export performance; Poland; Contractual outsourcing; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: F14; F23; (follow links to similar papers)

36 pages, January 1, 2008

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