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No 2008-2:
IS CHINA DIFFERENT? A META ANALYSIS OF THE EFFECT OF FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT ON DOMESTIC FIRMS

Christer Ljungwall () and Patrik Gustavsson Tingvall ()

Abstract: Empirical evidence suggests that China has benefited from foreign direct investment (FDI). However, an important question that remains unanswered is whether China has benefited more from FDI than other countries in general and other transition and developing countries in particular. This paper investigates this issue by performing a Meta-analysis on a sample of 67 country-specific studies yielding 125 observations that have gauged the nexus between FDI and measures of income growth. The results show that studies on China report relatively high t-values and thus indicate that China may have benefited more than other countries from FDI.

Keywords: Meta-analysis; Foreign direct investment; Economic growth; China; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: F21; F23; (follow links to similar papers)

13 pages, November 1, 2008

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