Economia Politica

, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 399–414 | Cite as

Does FDI generate technological spillovers in the host country? Evidence from patent citations

  • Antonio NavasEmail author
Original Paper


This paper explores the existence of technological spillovers coming from FDI in less developed host countries. Our results are based on a direct measure of technological flows across firms: patent citations. We find evidence supporting the idea that FDI exerts positive technological spillovers in the host country, although the results suggest that it may take about 8–9 years for these spillovers to occur. In addition, our results suggest that these spillovers are not homogeneous across all countries in the sample. While we find positive spillovers in South East Asian economies, this turns out not to be the case for South American economies.


Technology transfer FDI Patent citations 

JEL classification

F23 F62 F00 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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