Trading market access for technology? Tax incentives, foreign direct investment and productivity spillovers in China

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Authors: Deng, Z., Falvey, R. and Blake, A.

Journal: Journal of Policy Modeling

Volume: 34

Issue: 5

Pages: 675-690

ISSN: 0161-8938

DOI: 10.1016/j.jpolmod.2012.01.003

Tax incentives have been adopted worldwide to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) and its superior technology. However whether tax incentives can promote FDI productivity spillovers remains unknown. We develop a static computable general equilibrium (CGE) model of China to explore it. The results suggest that abolishing differential tax system leads to weaker FDI spillovers in the short term. Nonetheless, the reform lifts up the productivity entry threshold for foreign firms, and the surviving domestic firms become more productive and thus more capable of absorbing productivity spillover. © 2012 Society for Policy Modeling.

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