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Research BriefTurnin’ it up a notch: Can foreign direct investment help South Africa increase the complexity of its exports?
Since the end of apartheid, South Africa’s economic challenges have disrupted efforts to establish a society of inclusive growth and prosperity...economic complexity Foreign Direct Investment FDI
Journal ArticleLinked-in by FDI: The role of firm-level relationships for knowledge transfers in Africa and Asia
This study combines evidence from interviews in seven countries with (i) government institutions responsible for attracting foreign direct investment (FDI), (ii) 102 multinationals (MNEs), and (iii) 226 domestic firms linked to these foreign affiliat...Foreign Direct Investment Technology transfer Africa
Working PaperTurnin’ it up a notch: How spillovers from foreign direct investment boost the complexity of South Africa’s exports
Countries’ economic complexity, and the associated diversification and sophistication of their exports, is a key determinant of economic growth...economic complexity Foreign Direct Investment FDI
BlogHow multinationals continue to avoid paying hundreds of billions of dollars in tax: New research
Tax havens have become a defining feature of the global financial system. Multinational companies can use various schemes to avoid paying taxes in countries where they make vast revenues...corporate income tax Taxation Profit shifting
Journal ArticleEstimating the scale of profit shifting and tax revenue losses related to foreign direct investment
Part of Journal Special Issue Public economics and development actionForeign Direct Investment corporate income tax tax avoidance
Working PaperLinkages and spillover effects of South African foreign direct investment in Botswana and Kenya
In recent decades, the impact of South African foreign direct investment in Africa has been captured by research and policy. This paper investigates linkages and spillover effects of South African foreign direct investment in Botswana and Kenya...Foreign Direct Investment Economic linkages Spillover effects
Journal ArticleLinked-in by FDI: The Role of Firm-Level Relationships for Knowledge Transfers in Africa and Asia
This study combines evidence from interviews in seven countries with (i) government institutions responsible for attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), (ii) 102 multinationals (MNEs), and (iii) 226 domestic firms linked to these foreign affiliat...FDI Technology transfer Knowledge transfers
Working PaperLinked in by foreign direct investment: The role of firm-level relationships in knowledge transfers in Africa and Asia
This study combines evidence from interviews in seven countries with (i) government institutions responsible for attracting foreign direct investment (FDI), (ii) 102 multinational enterprises (MNEs), and (iii) 226 domestic firms linked to these forei...FDI Technology transfer Knowledge transfers
Journal ArticleWhen Do Developing Countries Negotiate Away Their Corporate Tax Base?
Part of Journal Special Issue Fiscal Policy, State Building and Economic DevelopmentDeveloping countries Foreign Direct Investment corporate taxation
Working PaperEstimating the scale of profit shifting and tax revenue losses related to foreign direct investment
Governments’ revenues are lower when multinational enterprises avoid paying corporate income tax by shifting their profits to tax havens...Foreign Direct Investment corporate income tax tax avoidance
Working PaperWhat makes countries negotiate away their corporate tax base?
Qualitative case studies suggest that the outcomes of tax treaty negotiations are determined by power politics and negotiating capability...Developing countries Foreign Direct Investment Taxation
Journal ArticleExport Spillovers: Comparative Evidence From Kenya and Malaysia
Part of Journal Special Issue Learning to CompeteExport Spillovers Foreign Direct Investment Manufacturing
Working PaperLinks between foreign direct investment and human capital formation: Evidence from the manufacturing sector in India
This paper is related to the literature on the effect of foreign direct investment (FDI) on the labour market of host countries...Foreign Direct Investment Human capital Labour demand
In the mediaIs foreign direct investment driving capital flight from Africa? Real News interviews Léonce Ndikumana on a recent UNU-WIDER study
Real News interviewed Léonce Ndikumana, director of the Foreign Policy Programme at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), on a recent WIDER Working Paper on capital flight from sub-Saharan African countries authored by Ndikumana and Mare...Extractives Foreign Direct Investment Capital Flight