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Host country effects of FDI in the UK: recent evidence from firm data

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Inward Investment Technological Change and Growth

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There has been a general increase in the share of trade in GDP over the last decade or so. In some developing countries this increase is fairly marked as a consequence of rapid liberalisation of areas of tradeable activity. With the exception of the US, the changes in industrialised countries have been more gradual and in many cases almost imperceptible. Yet over this same period there has been a major increase in public awareness of, and sensitivity to, ‘globalisation’. This is of course partly fashioned by the prominence given to a succession of public policy issues which are essentially open economy issues - ERM, EMU, Asian currency crises, transatlantic trade spats and so on. In addition, however, it is fashioned by the fact that trade ratios generally only focus on merchandise trade. They do not fully take into account services trade, or, more importantly, inward investment and international production. The growth in the latter has been especially important as a driver of globalisation, but as yet its effects are not well understood and even less well measured.

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Girma, S., Greenaway, D., Wakelin, K., Sousa, N. (2001). Host country effects of FDI in the UK: recent evidence from firm data. In: Pain, N. (eds) Inward Investment Technological Change and Growth. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230598447_4

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