Date of Graduation

Spring 5-16-2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in International and Development Economics (MSIDEC)



First Advisor

Sunny Wong

Second Advisor

Jacques Artus


I study the effect of sectoral FDI on firms’ performance in Mozambique from 2007 to 2010 through productivity and efficiency functions, using comprehensive firm level data. Although foreign ownership has a positive effect on firms’ productivity, my results show that in general, sectoral FDI has a negative and statistically significant effect on Mozambican firms’ productivity. The findings of this study are similar to previous studies that argued that positive foreign spillovers were not automatic. Using a stochastic frontier model, to measure efficiency, I find that in general foreign firms tend to be more efficient than domestic firms. However, using this model, it seems that domestic firms’ efficiency is not affected by the presence of foreign firms.