Spillovers from Multinationals to Heterogeneous Domestic Firms: Evidence from Hungary

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Gabor Bekes

Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) - Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies (HAS)

Jörn Kleinert

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Farid Toubal

Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan (ENS) - Departement of Economics ans Management; National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) - Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST); Centre d'Etudes Prospectives et d'Info. Internationales (CEPII)

Abstract

Firms cluster their economic activities to exploit technological and informational spillovers from other firms. Spillovers from multinational firms can be particularly beneficial to firms in less developed economies, because technological superiority and management expertise of foreign multinational firms yield various opportunities for learning. Yet, the importance of foreign firms’ spillovers might vary with respect to two key features of domestic firms: their productivity level and their export status. In line with theories on the absorptive capacity of firms, we argue on the basis of an empirical analysis of Hungarian firms that larger and more productive firms are more able than smaller firms to reap spillovers from multinationals. However, the export status is found to be of minor importance once higher productivity is controlled for.

Suggested Citation

Bekes, Gabor and Kleinert, Jörn and Toubal, Farid, Spillovers from Multinationals to Heterogeneous Domestic Firms: Evidence from Hungary. World Economy, Vol. 32, Issue 10, pp. 1408-1433, October 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1492927 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9701.2009.01179.x

Gabor Bekes

Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) - Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies (HAS) ( email )

7621 Pécs, Papnovelde u. 22
Budapest, H-1112
Hungary

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Jörn Kleinert

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Farid Toubal

Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan (ENS) - Departement of Economics ans Management ( email )

France

National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) - Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST) ( email )

15 Boulevard Gabriel Peri
Malakoff Cedex, 1 92245
France

Centre d'Etudes Prospectives et d'Info. Internationales (CEPII) ( email )

9 rue Georges Pitard
Paris Cedex 15, F-75015
France

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