Xiaolan Fu

University of Oxford, Technology and Management Centre for Development

Xiaolan Fu is Director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD), Professor of Technology and International Development and Fellow of Green College at Oxford University. She was President of the Chinese Economic Association (Europe) and CEA (UK) (2010-2011). Her research interests include innovation, technology and industrialisation; trade, foreign direct investment and economic development; emerging Asian economies; innovation and productivity in the UK/US.

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Jan 1, 2018
Xiaolan Fu, Jun Hou, Xiaohui Liu

Unpacking the Relationship between Outward Direct Investment and Innovation Performance: Evidence from Chinese firms

This study investigates the impact of outward direct investment (ODI) by Chinese MNEs on innovation performance and the conditions under which such an impact is moderated, based on a sample of Chinese firms. The empirical evidence suggests that undertaking ODI leads to an increase in the innovation ...


Jan 1, 2011
Xiaolan Fu

Processing Trade, FDI and the Exports of Indigenous Firms: Firm-Level Evidence from Technology-Intensive Industries in China

This study examines the impact of processing trade‐foreign direct investment (FDI) on the export competitiveness of indigenous firms using disaggregated firm‐level production data and product‐level trade data from China covering the 2000–07 period. The estimation results show that processing...


Jan 1, 2013
Shujin Zhu, Xiaolan Fu

Drivers of Export Upgrading

This paper analyses the determinants of export upgrading using a cross-country panel dataset over the 1992–2006 period. The results suggest that the export sophistication of countries is enhanced by capital deepening, engagement in knowledge creation, transfers via investment in education and R&am...


Jan 1, 2020
Xiaolan Fu

Digital Transformation of Global Value Chains and Sustainable Post-Pandemic Recovery

This perspective paper examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global production and trade from the perspective of global value chains. Particular attention is paid to the transmission mechanisms and the role of digital technology in sustainable post-pandemic economic recovery. It argues tha...


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