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No 268:
Technology Transfer and Spillovers: Does Local Participation with Multinationals Matter?

Magnus Blomström () and Fredrik Sjöholm ()

Abstract: This paper examines the effects on technology transfer and spillovers deriving from ownership sharing of foreign multinational affiliates. More specifically, we try to answer two questions, using unpublished Indonesian micro data. Firstly, do establishments with minority and majority ownership differ in terms of productivity levels? Secondly, does the degree of spillover differ with the degree of ownership in the FDI? Our results show that foreign establishments have comparable high levels of labor productivity and that domestic establishments benefit from spillovers. However, the degree of foreign ownership does neither affect the level of labor productivity in foreign establishments, nor the degree of spillovers.

Keywords: Joint venture; productivity; spillovers; Indonesia; foreign direct investment; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: F23; O30; (follow links to similar papers)

15 pages, October 12, 1998

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This paper is published as:
Blomström, Magnus and Fredrik Sjöholm, (1999), 'Technology Transfer and Spillovers: Does Local Participation with Multinationals Matter?', European Economic Review, Vol. 43, pages 915-923

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