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Does Foreign Direct Investment Lead to Productivity Spillovers? Firm Level Evidence from Indonesia

Suyanto Suyanto (), Ruhul Salim and Harry Bloch ()

World Development, 2009, vol. 37, issue 12, 1861-1876

Abstract: Summary This paper examines whether spillovers from foreign direct investment (FDI) make any contribution to productivity growth in the Indonesian chemical and pharmaceutical firms using plant-level panel data. The spillover effects from FDI are analyzed using a stochastic frontier approach and productivity growth is decomposed using a generalized Malmquist output-oriented index. The results show positive productivity spillovers from FDI; higher competition is associated with larger spillovers; and domestic firms with R&D gain more spillover benefits compared to those without R&D. FDI spillovers are found to be positive and significant for technological progress and positive, but not significant, for technical and scale efficiency change.

Keywords: FDI; spillovers; frontier; production; function; Malmquist; index; total; factor; productivity; growth (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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