Graduating to Globalisation: a study of Southern multinationals

Dilek Demirbas, Ila Panaik, Ajay Shah

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FDI by firms in developing countries is a recent phenomenon and demands a study of relationship between firm productivity and different modes of globalisation activities. This paper attempts to understand this relationship through ordered probit models, examining two key hypotheses using firm level panel data from India. First, we test whether there are characteristic differences between domestic firms, exporting firms and firms engaging with FDI. Second, we test if FDI is an integral part of the evolution of firms in developing countries. Our results suggest that there are strong differences between domestic firms, exporting firms, and firms that invest abroad, especially in their knowledge investment, indicating the presence of a ladder of quality in graduating to globalisation.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew Delhi, India
PublisherNational Institute of Public Finance and Policy
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010


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