Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Mary E. Lovely
Agglomeration Economies, China, Foreign Direct Investment, Productivity
This dissertation investigates the role of foreign direct investment and agglomeration economies in the process of industrial development, with a focus on the productivity of manufacturing firms. The first chapter analyzes the importance of the source of foreign direct investment on the performance of domestic Chinese firms. The second chapter studies the interaction between foreign and domestic manufacturing firms operating in the same industry and located within the same Chinese city. The third chapter examines the response of multinational companies to changes in domestic institutions. My findings highlight the importance of the source of foreign direct investment, proximity to economic activity, and strong institutional incentives in enhancing firm performance in developing economies.
Kamal, Fariha, "Essays on Foreign Direct Investment, Agglomeration and Productivity" (2011). Economics - Dissertations. 88.