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Frontiers of Economics in China

Front Econ Chin    2009, Vol. 4 Issue (2) : 209-227     DOI: 10.1007/s11459-009-0012-5
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FDI technology spillover and the productivity growth of China’s manufacturing sector
Qiu Bin1(), YANG Shuai2(), XIN Peijiang3(), Berna KIRKULAK4()
1. School of Economics and Management, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096, China; 2. School of Economics and Management, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096, China; 3. School of Economics and Management, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096, China; 4. Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Business, Dokuz Eylul University, Tinaztepe Kampusu 35160, Izmir, Turkey
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This paper analyses total factor productivity (TFP) of China’s manufacturing sector and its decomposed indexes, i.e., technological progress and technological efficiency by employing Malmquist productivity index based on the Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) approach. Using panel data of domestic manufacturing sector in China from 2000 to 2005, we estimate the influences of horizontal and vertical linkages on TFP and its decomposition indexes by controlling R&D and exports indexes of domestic manufacturing sector. The empirical results show that R&D and exports have a positive effect on TFP and that FDI inflows lead to positive spillovers significantly in general mainly through technological progress resulting from backward linkages; however, forward linkages have no technology spillover effect while horizontal linkages promote TFP through technological efficiency which has quite different influencing modes compared to that of backward and forward linkages. The grouping regression results also show that FDI technology spillovers have different conductive mechanisms under different technological levels, industry concentrations and export dependency indexes.

Keywords FDI      technology spillover channels      manufacturing sector      TFP      Malmquist productivity index     
Corresponding Authors: Qiu Bin,; YANG Shuai,; XIN Peijiang,; Berna KIRKULAK,   
Issue Date: 05 June 2009
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XIN Peijiang,Berna KIRKULAK,Qiu Bin, et al. FDI technology spillover and the productivity growth of China’s manufacturing sector[J]. Front Econ Chin, 2009, 4(2): 209-227.
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