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    Why foreign investment clicks in some cities and regions, while others are left behind.

Why foreign investment clicks in some cities and regions, while others are left behind.

      By Riccardo Crescenzi (LSE)

The beauty contest between a number of USA cities to host the new Amazon base has unveiled how important the location of major companies is for regional and city development. However, it also showed how difficult it is for cities and regions to gain from what is potentially a race-to-the-bottom where only big Multinationals are […]

Cities, Multinationals, and Trade

    This post analyses the prospects for trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) diversification, with a particular focus on the UK and Canada in the age of Brexit. Daniel Shapiro, Saul Estrin, Christine Cote, Klaus Meyer, and Jing Li examine the nature of trade in services using ideas developed in the international business and economic geography literatures to explore the interrelationships among multinational enterprises, global value […]

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    Innovation Trajectories in Developing Countries:
 How Global Value Chains and Innovation Systems co-evolve

Innovation Trajectories in Developing Countries:
 How Global Value Chains and Innovation Systems co-evolve

By Padmashree Gehl Sampath (UNCTAD), Rasmus Lema (Aalborg University) & Roberta Rabellotti (Università di Pavia & Aalborg University)

The increasing involvement of developing countries in Global Value Chains (GVCs) when supported by well-developed Innovation Systems (ISs) could influence the building of technological and innovation capabilities of their firms and sectors. Introducing the notion of co-evolution of global value chains and […]

November 8th, 2018|Location|0 Comments|
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    Towards a plurality of global value chain architectures: What implications for firms’ innovation?

Towards a plurality of global value chain architectures: What implications for firms’ innovation?

By Giulio Buciuni (Trinity College Dublin, left) & Gary Pisano (HBS, right)

The increasing intersection of industrial clusters and regions and globally dispersed production networks has lately given shape to ‘hybrid’ forms of industrial organisation, where the local and global dimensions coexist, writes Giulio Buciuni (Trinity College Dublin) and Gary Pisano (HBS). This work aims to makes sense of the […]

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    Does it matter what countries do to maximise inward FDI-related technology transfer?

Does it matter what countries do to maximise inward FDI-related technology transfer?

By Przemyslaw Kowalski (CASE)

Creating an environment where technology-intensive FDI occurs has become a key policy objective in most countries, writes Przemyslaw Kowalski (CASE). By reviewing best policies to maximise technology-related gains from FDI, my colleagues and I have found a wide variety of policy approaches to encouraging FDI-related technology transfer and a wide range of effects in terms of […]

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    Technology diffusion and innovation: the regional gains from entry of large plants

Technology diffusion and innovation: the regional gains from entry of large plants

By Vincenzo Scrutinio (LSE, left), Christian Fons-Rosen (UPF, Barcelona GSE, CEPR, middle) and Katalin Szemeredi (Corvinus, LSE, right)

Despite many attempts to evaluate the effect of FDI on local economies, there is still a great degree of uncertainty.  In a recent work, we evaluate the impact of opening of plants by large companies in the US on innovation at county level. By […]

May 2nd, 2018|Impact|0 Comments|
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    Innovation in Global Value Chains: Does Co-location with Production Matter?

Innovation in Global Value Chains: Does Co-location with Production Matter?

 By Koen De Backer (OECD)

There are growing concerns in advanced economies that the offshoring of production activities might be followed by the offshoring of innovative activities. This article presents the findings of a new OECD study that investigates the interdependence between production and innovation in the cross-border investments of multinational enterprises. The econometric results do not provide support for […]

April 9th, 2018|Location|0 Comments|
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    Many multinationals may pull out of the UK if it leaves the Customs Union

Many multinationals may pull out of the UK if it leaves the Customs Union

By Paola Conconi (ULB, LSE)

As March 2019 draws closer, the UK government remains divided over the type of trade relationship it wants to achieve in the ongoing negotiations with the EU. Paola Conconi (ULB, LSE) explains why Japanese multinationals may pull out of the UK in case of a hard Brexit, one which would mean there is no kind of customs […]

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    Do global value chains offer developing countries learning and innovation opportunities?

Do global value chains offer developing countries learning and innovation opportunities?

By Valentina De Marchi (UNIPD, left), Elisa Giuliani (UNIPI, centre), and Roberta Rabellotti (UNIPV, AAU, right)

The role of developing countries in the global economy via embeddedness in Global Value Chains (GVC) is increasing, but their ability to become innovation leaders is less certain, write Valentina De Marchi, Elisa Giuliani and Roberta Rabellotti. Our analysis on GVCs in developing countries […]

March 5th, 2018|Impact|1 Comment|
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    Multinational enterprises, industrial relatedness and employment in European regions

Multinational enterprises, industrial relatedness and employment in European regions

By Nicola Cortinovis (left) and Frank van Oort (right), Erasmus University Rotterdam

Knowledge and technology can spill over from multinational enterprises (MNEs) to local firms through channels other than buyer-supplier relations, write Nicola Cortinovis and Frank van Oort. The analysis shows that industrial relatedness (e.g. in terms of technologies and skills) between industries conveys spillover effects from MNEs, resulting in […]

February 26th, 2018|Impact|0 Comments|