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Horizontal and Vertical FDI: A Comparative Analysis of Technological Determinants


Chiara Franco


University of Bologna

September 23, 2010

Quaderni DSE Working Paper No. 713

Abstract:     
The study analyzes the role played by technological determinants, using the approach of National System of Innovation (NSI), in enhancing or hampering Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) with different motivations, namely horizontal and vertical FDI. The empirical analysis is carried out using data relative to the final destination of sales of US foreign subsidiaries in 42 host countries grouped according to income criteria. A three step empirical strategy is employed: first, we estimate a benchmark model finding that technological determinants exert a greater in influence in high income countries especially for vertical FDI. Secondly, applying a dynamic panel data approach we take into account that agglomeration economies may play a role as well as other FDI determinants. Finally, we are able to further disentangle the destination of sales according to whether they are directed towards other foreign affiliates or to unaffiliated persons recognizing that they are affected by different determinants.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 26

Keywords: Horizontal FDI, Vertical FDI, FDI Determinants, National System of Innovation

JEL Classification: F20, F23, O30

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Date posted: September 24, 2010  

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Franco, Chiara, Horizontal and Vertical FDI: A Comparative Analysis of Technological Determinants (September 23, 2010). Quaderni DSE Working Paper No. 713. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1681522 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1681522

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Chiara Franco (Contact Author)
University of Bologna ( email )
Strada Maggiore 45
40125 Bologna
Italy
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