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Foreign Direct Investment and Technology Spillovers in the Turkish Manufacturing Industry

Alper Sönmez () and Mehmet Pamukçu ()

No 1103, STPS Working Papers from STPS - Science and Technology Policy Studies Center, Middle East Technical University

Abstract: Technology spillovers from foreign to domestic firms in emerging economies are considered to be the most important channel through which Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) influence the host economy. Empirical evidence about the existence, magnitude and direction of FDI-related spillovers in these countries is contradictory pointing to the necessity of conducting more econometric studies using firm-level data. We conduct an econometric analysis to assess the impact of FDI-related horizontal technology spillovers on output growth of domestic firms in the Turkish manufacturing industry over 2003-2006. When a broad definition of foreign ownership is adopted, our findings suggest that horizontal spillovers occur from foreign to local firms in the sector of activity. Export-oriented firms do not benefit from these spillovers in contrast to firms producing mainly for the domestic market. However, when foreign ownership is defined according to whether the minority or majority of capital is detained by the foreign partner, horizontal spillovers seem to originate from foreign firms with majority or full foreign ownership while no such effect is associated with minority-owned foreign firms.

Keywords: Foreign Direct Investment (FDI); multinational corporations; foreign ownership; productivity; technology spillovers; knowledge spillovers; horizontal spillovers; Turkey. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 33 pages
Date: 2011-03, Revised 2011-03
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