Multinational Enterprises (MNEs)

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    Mining for tech advances? The impact of mineral-resource FDI in the era of global value chains

Mining for tech advances? The impact of mineral-resource FDI in the era of global value chains

By Lorenzo Formenti (UNCTAD) and Bruno Casella (UNCTAD)

 

 

The spillovers of mining FDI – the diffusion and appropriation of foreign technology, know-how or skills that may not be available locally – are paramount for development in poor, resource-rich countries. In this piece, we identify three channels of FDI-led technological spillovers: 1. Generic exposure to multinational R&D activity; 2. Internationalization of […]

Are global value chains in decline?

By Bernhard Dachs (Austrian Institute of Technology) and Stefan Pahl (University of Groningen)

 

 

Global value chains (GVCs) have been a dominant trend in the world economy since the 1970s, but more recently their growth appears to be stagnating. In this article Bernhard Dachs and Stefan Pahl explore the roles of shifting global demand, backshoring, and regional integration in Asia in […]

What policies work for FDI?

     

By Riccardo Crescenzi (LSE), Marco Di Cataldo (LSE) and Mara Giua (LSE, University Roma Tre)

 

National and sub-national governments around the world have deployed a wide array of public policy tools to attract Foreign Direct Investment – from tax breaks and light regulations to subsidised facilities and new transport infrastructure. The problem is that there is very limited evidence to […]

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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 […]