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Do FDI in Business Services Affect Firms’ TFP? Evidence from Italian Provinces

Massimo Armenise (), Giorgia Giovannetti () and Gianluca Santoni ()
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Chapter Chapter 9 in Geographical Labor Market Imbalances, 2015, pp 195-217 from Springer

Abstract: Abstract This chapter studies the effect of FDI in business services on total factor productivity (TFP) of Italian manufacturing firms, over the period 2003–2008. More precisely, the chapter tests the presence of vertical linkages between foreign business professionals and domestic manufacturing firms. Our results, robust to different specifications, show that foreign capital inflows in business services improve the performance of domestic manufacturing firms. This relationship is particularly strong in the case of high-tech sectors, such as mechanics and machinery. Traditional sectors, on the other hand, seem to be less sensitive to the availability of foreign business services in the same location.

Keywords: Business services; FDI; Manufacturing; Panel data; Productivity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-55203-8_9

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