Seminars & Events

APL (Ajiken Power Lunch)

A Review of the Literature on Productivity Impacts of Global Value Cains and Foreign Direct Investment: Towards an Integrated Approach

APL (Ajiken Power Lunch) is a lunchtime workshop open to public, including IDE staffs, visiting research fellows, IDEAS students, outside researchers and graduate students. This workshop provides a platform for presentation of any work in progress where we can discuss in either English or Japanese.

Those who would attend a seminar are asked to announce yourself to receptionists on your arrival at the IDE and to obtain APL Organizers' signature on your admission card after the seminar.


August 31, 2017. (Thuesday) 12:30-14:00


A review of the literature on GVC and FDI: Towards an integrated approach


Although information spillovers from internationally dispersed activities of multinational enterprises (MNEs) in developing countries are subjects of the literature on foreign direct investment (FDI) and global value chain (GVC), FDI and GVC studies are carried out independently and separately. While GVC studies are largely descriptive and conceptual, FDI studies are quantitative with focus on the impact of FDI on productivity of local enterprises in developing countries. However, a review of the literature on GVC and FDI studies shows that the two strands of studies are commonly interested not only in spillovers of technological and managerial knowledge but also in absorptive capacity of domestic firms and backward linkages between foreign firms and domestic firms. Therefore, this study argues that there is large room for empirical research to make new contributions to the literature on the impacts of FDI on industrial development in developing courtiers by incorporating the insightful perspective of GVC approach into empirically rigorous FDI studies.


Keijiro Otsuka

Yoshimichi Murakami (Kobe University)




Institute of Developing Economies, APL Organizers
E-mail: APLE-mail