The impact of foreign direct investment on labour productivity in the Chinese electronics industry
Foreign direct investment (FDI) may have a positive impact on labour productivity in recipient industries through direct introduction of capital, technology and management skills and indirectly through spillover effects on domestic firms. This study uses a model intended to examine the overall effects of inward FDI in the Chinese electronics industry. A panel data set is used for 41 sub-sectors of the industry in 1996 and 1997 having differing levels of FDI. Labour productivity is modelled as dependent on the degree of foreign presence in the industry and other variables, namely capital intensity, human capital and firm size for scale factors. Various econometric estimation techniques for panel data are compared to obtain an appropriate statistical model. The results suggest that foreign presence in the industry was associated with higher labour productivity.
FDI, Labour Productivity, China, Electronics Industry.
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