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Finance constraints and technology spillovers from foreign to domestic firms

Alex Eapen, Jihye Yeo and Subash Sasidharan ()

Economic Modelling, 2019, vol. 76, issue C, 50-62

Abstract: Scholars have suggested that externalities such as technology spillovers to domestic firms from the entry and presence of foreign firms – i.e., Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) spillovers – arise only when domestic firms possess adequate absorptive capacity. But they have also maintained a predominantly technological focus in their conceptualization of absorptive capacity, treating it mostly as a function of domestic firms' technological investments. Yet, several anecdotes point to finance constraints being equally important hurdles to absorbing technology. Given the comparatively scant attention to finance constraints in the FDI spillover literature, we present theoretical arguments and a counterfactual simulation for how finance constraints influence firms' realization of FDI spillovers. In the process, we identify two mechanisms underlying why firms facing high finance constraints experience lower FDI spillovers. (125 words).

Keywords: FDI spillovers; Technology spillovers; FDI externalities; Finance constraints; Absorptive capacity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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