Relationship between FDI, foreign ownership restrictions, and technology transfer in the resources sector: A derivation approach

N. Ghebrihiwet, Evgenia Motchenkova

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In various industries, multinational companies are the dominant players while local firms play a less prominent role. We consider such an industry and develop a model in which foreign multinationals strategically interact in technology transfer and compete in the product market stage. Furthermore, we analyze the welfare implications of often observed FDI policy measures. We find that the cost of technology transfer provides a possible rationale for why in practice FDI crowding out effects are often smaller in less developed countries.We also find that foreign ownership restrictions may reduce FDI crowding-out effects. However, the net effect of these restrictions on host country welfare will be negative. Finally, we find that, in industries with low levels of product market competition (e.g. the natural resources sector), the government may improve welfare by taking away the joint venture equity share of the domestic firm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)320-326
Number of pages7
JournalResources Policy
Issue numberJune
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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