The investment development path of newly developed countries
According to foreign direct investment (FDI) path theory, developed countries are grouped into two phases, known as the fourth and fifth phases. Fourth-phase countries (newly developed economies) show a technological and institutional "gap" in comparison with fifth-phase economies, which explains their lesser capacity to generate direct investment. We found that these countries, which were less developed economies in the 1980s, had undergone a deep structural transformation. This transformation encouraged the multinationalization of firms, which is a differentiating element and one outcome of their development process. These results have clear policy implications: the governments of newly developed countries should take steps to increase the endowment of knowledge-intensive assets. The main contribution of this paper is the theoretical reformulation of the fourth phase of the investment development path theory.
Volume (Year): 12 (2005)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
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