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Turnin' it up a notch: how spillovers from foreign direct investment boost the complexity of South Africa's exports

Bjørn Bo Sørensen

No wp-2020-3, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: Countries' economic complexity, and the associated diversification and sophistication of their exports, is a key determinant of economic growth. Understanding how South African firms learn to export more sophisticated products is, therefore, an important policy issue. Using administrative data covering the entire tax-paying population of firms in South Africa, we argue that foreign direct investment can stimulate export upgrading in manufacturing firms.

Keywords: economic complexity; Foreign Direct Investment; FDI; Spillovers; export upgrading; Manufacturing; South Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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