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No 2:
Productivity Spillovers from FDI in the Uruguayan Manufacturing Sector

Ari Kokko (), Ruben Tansini and Mario Zejan

Abstract: This paper examines intra-industry spillovers from FDI in Uruguayan manufacturing plants in 1988, to determine whether differences in the technology gap between locally- owned plants and foreign affiliates have any impact on the relation between local productivity and foreign presence. We find a positive and statistically significant spillover effect only in a sub-sample of locally-owned plants with moderate technology gaps vis-a-vis foreign firms. Our interpretation is that there are firm-specific differences in the ability to absorb spillovers, and that these may explain some of the contradictory findings of earlier spillover studies.

Keywords: Foreign direct investment; multinational corporations; productivity; spillovers; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: F23; O49; (follow links to similar papers)

12 pages, January 1994

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This paper is published as:
Kokko, Ari, Ruben Tansini and Mario Zejan, (1996), 'Productivity Spillovers from FDI in the Uruguayan Manufacturing Sector', Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 32, pages 602-611



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