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Foreign Firms, Technological Capabilities and Economic Performance

Evidence from Africa, Asia and Latin America

Foreign Firms, Technological Capabilities and Economic Performance by R. Rasiah
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‘This book fills an important gap in the literature on foreign direct investment and economic development. Based on an excellent review of existing theories, comparative case studies from Africa, Asia and Latin America explore diverse approaches that developing countries can use to benefit from the presence of foreign firms to improve technological capabilities and economic performance. A must-read for students interested in contemporary pathways to industrialization.’
– Dieter Ernst, East–West Center, Honolulu, US

This book employs novel techniques to compare technological capabilities and economic performance in seven countries at varying stages of industrial development: Brazil, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, South Africa and Uganda. The author uses a methodology drawn from the technology capability framework, but extensively adapts and simplifies it to extract common cross-industry parameters for statistical analysis. He employs the framework to compare the technological, local sourcing and performance dynamics of foreign and local firms in a variety of industries.

Edward Elgar Publishing; January 2004
235 pages; ISBN 9781845423551
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Title: Foreign Firms, Technological Capabilities and Economic Performance
Author: R. Rasiah