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Time to BRIC It? – Internationalization of European Family Firms in Europe, North America and the BRIC Countries

  • Vivien Procher


  • Diemo Urbig
  • Christine Volkmann

For a sample of 1243 European companies, we analyse the link between firm type and foreign direct investment (FDI) locations. We find substantial empirical evidence that being a family firm does not only affect the overall propensity for FDI but that this effect is also specific to target regions. Overall, family firms invest more than managerial-led firms, particularly in Europe and North America. Furthermore the BRIC countries Brazil, Russia, India and China do not constitute a homogenous attractiveness cluster for FDI.

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Paper provided by Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen in its series Ruhr Economic Papers with number 0416.

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Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: May 2013
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Handle: RePEc:rwi:repape:0416
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