Quotation Foster-McGregor, Neil, Isaksson, Anders, Kaulich, Florian. 2014. Outward Foreign Direct Investment, Exporting and Firm-Level Performance in Sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Development Studies 50 (2), 244-257.




We consider the relationship between how a firm serves foreign markets and performance, using survey data on manufacturing and services firms for African countries. Results for manufacturing industries indicate a clear productivity ordering with firms undertaking outward Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) performing best, followed by exporters and domestically oriented firms. Results for services firms are more nuanced, indicating that while exporters and firms undertaking outward FDI are more productive than domestically oriented firms, there is no significant difference in productivity between these two types of firms (some evidence suggests that the productivity of exporters is larger than that for firms undertaking outward FDI).


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Development Studies
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, VW-C, WH-B
Language English
Title Outward Foreign Direct Investment, Exporting and Firm-Level Performance in Sub-Saharan Africa
Volume 50
Number 2
Year 2014
Page from 244
Page to 257
Reviewed? Y
URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00220388.2013.833323
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2013.833323


Kaulich, Florian (Former researcher)
Foster-McGregor, Neil (Wiener Institut für Internationale Wirtschaftsvergleiche (wiiw), Austria)
Isaksson, Anders (United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Austria)
Department of Economics (Kubin) (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5323 Econometrics (Details)
5344 Foreign trade (Details)
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