Technology flows, outsourcing and productivity: an analysis of UK trade and FDI

Nigel L. Driffield, Michael Henry, James H. Love

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The literature on technology spillovers from trade and FDI is ambiguous in its findings. This may in part be because of the assumption in much of the work that trade and FDI flows are homogeneous in their determinants and thus in their effects. We develop a taxonomy of trade and FDI determinants based on R&D intensity and unit labour cost differentials, and test for the presence of spillovers from inward investment and imports on an extensive sample of UK manufacturing plants. We find that both trade and FDI have measurable spillover effects, but the sign and extent of these effects varies depending on the technological and factor cost differentials between the recipient and host economies. There is therefore an identifiable link between the determinants and effects of trade and FDI which the previous literature has not explored.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAston University
ISBN (Print)978-1-85449-689-8
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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NameAston Business School research papers
PublisherAston University

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