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Some twins are not alike: FDI premia in the former Soviet states

Valeria Gattai (Dipartimento di Economia, Metodi Quantitativi e Strategie di Impresa, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy)
Rajssa Mechelli (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy)
Piergiovanna Natale (Dipartimento di Economia, Metodi Quantitativi e Strategie di Impresa, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy)

International Journal of Emerging Markets

ISSN: 1746-8809

Article publication date: 1 March 2019

Issue publication date: 17 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to estimate foreign direct investment (FDI) premia in the former Soviet states.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors follow an empirical approach. Using Orbis data for a sample of more than 3,000 companies, the authors characterize FDI involvement and FDI premia of firms from three distinctive groups of former Soviet states, designated “upper-middle”-income, “lower-middle”-income and “high”-income countries. This yields interesting within-group and between-group results on the effects of outward FDI (OFDI) and inward FDI (IFDI) on firm-level innovation.

Findings

The authors unveil new facts about innovation and FDI in the former Soviet states. FDI firms innovate more than non-FDI firms and OFDI firms innovate more than IFDI firms. The innovation effect of OFDI is the largest for firms from the “lower-middle” countries, followed by the “high” and “upper-middle” countries. The innovation effect of IFDI is the largest for firms from the “lower-middle” countries, followed by the “upper-middle” and “high” countries. FDI to and from Europe has the largest impact on innovation; this holds across country groups.

Research limitations/implications

The estimates of this paper document robust FDI premia, i.e., a positive and significant correlation between firm-level innovation and FDI. However, the cross-sectional nature of the data does not permit a proper causality analysis.

Originality/value

The paper contributes to the literature on FDI premia by: considering IFDI and OFDI in a unified empirical framework; dissecting IFDI and OFDI by location; measuring firm-level productivity in terms of innovation; and providing cross-country comparable evidence on both emerging and advanced economies. At the same time, the paper contributes to the literature on FDI from emerging economies by: taking a firm-level quantitative approach; focusing on a relatively unexplored set of countries; and providing comparable cross-country evidence on both emerging and advanced economies.

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Citation

Gattai, V., Mechelli, R. and Natale, P. (2019), "Some twins are not alike: FDI premia in the former Soviet states", International Journal of Emerging Markets, Vol. 14 No. 3, pp. 451-474. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOEM-11-2016-0323

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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