KCG Lunch-Time Seminar 2024

The purpose of the seminar is to provide a platform for presenting and discussing ongoing research on determinants and consequences of globalisation in general and global value chains in particular. The seminar will take place on an irregular basis at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy or at the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel. Both are scientific partners of KCG. Information about upcoming presentations will be provided here in advance.

If you have any questions about the KCG Research Seminar, please contact Dr. Wan-Hsin Liu (KCG Coordinator).


KCG Research Seminar 2024-1 (Hybrid): 

Topic: Foreign Direct Investment and Structural Transformation in Africa

Prof. Marco Sanfilippo, Ph.D. (University of Turin and Collegio Carlo Alberto)

Abstract: This paper analyzes the relationship between inward FDI and structural transformation of local labour markets in Africa. We combine geolocalized information on the distribution of FDI with a novel database that provides information from 40,665,627 individuals in 2,570 subnational units over the period 1987-2019. Results are suggestive of a positive effect of FDI on structural transformation. FDI contributes to an increase in employment, and shifts of workers towards modern industries and higher-skilled occupations. No effects are found on self-employment. Results are heterogeneous, reflecting the characteristics of the foreign investor and of the business activity undertaken by foreign firms in the local market. Geospatial analysis of changes in performance of domestic firms exposed to nearby FDI projects provides evidence of horizontal spillovers and inter-industry linkages, suggesting a complementary mechanism through which FDI drives structural change.

Here link to the CEPR Discussion Paper No. 17838

Date: Friday, February 9, 2024, 12:00 – 13:00

Venue: Virtually via Zoom

If interested, please send an Email to kcg-office@ifw-kiel.de to receive a Zoom-Link to the seminar.