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Drivers Of Brazilian Foreign Investments - Technology Seeking And Technology Exploiting As Determinants Of Emerging FDI

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Executive Summary

The paper uses data from a recent survey on Brazilian firms to investigate the role of technology in the internationalization of firms, and whether if affects the destination of foreign investments. Emerging markets FDI is a much-debated topic these days, and their technology-seeking purpose is a strong driver for the internationalization, as firms are searching for assets in order to compete. The authors apply a logit model to seek for the influence of determinants and some firms' competitive advantages on the choice for developed countries as a destination for Brazilian FDI. They also test which modes of entry are preferred when investing in a developed destination. Our results point out the importance of a skilled labor force on the decisions to invest in developed destinations.

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