FDI spillovers in the Chinese manufacturing sector

Filip Abraham, Jozef Konings, Veerle Slootmaekers

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This paper uses a new longitudinal dataset of more than 15,000 manufacturing firms to analyse the heterogeneous responses of firms to foreign direct investment in China. Domestic firms operating in sectors where foreign firms are also active have higher total factor productivity. However, the magnitude of such horizontal spillovers depends on the structure and origin of foreign ownership, the export status of firms and the characteristics of the special economic zones firms are operating in.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-182
Number of pages40
JournalEconomics of Transition
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010


  • China
  • Exports
  • Firm heterogeneity
  • Productivity
  • Spillovers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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