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The influence of capital origin on Brazilian foreign trade patterns


  • Celio Hiratuka


  • Fernanda De Negri



This article aims to determine whether the geographical pattern of the external trade of foreign-owned enterprises in Brazil differs from that of domestic enterprises and whether, in the case of foreign enterprises, the region of origin of their capital is an important factor in determining that pattern, both in terms of the origin and destination of their imports and exports and with regard to the technological content. The methodology employed was panel analysis, applied to a representative set of enterprises, using trade data broken down by region for 1989, 1997 and 2000.

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  • Celio Hiratuka & Fernanda De Negri, 2005. "The influence of capital origin on Brazilian foreign trade patterns," International Trade 0508006, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpit:0508006
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    1. Chudnovsky, Daniel & López, Andrés, 2007. "Foreign direct investment and development: the MERCOSUR experience," Revista CEPAL, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL), August.
    2. Hiratuka, Celio, 2010. "FDI in Brazil: recent trends and the role of Canadian investment," MPRA Paper 44389, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Multinational Firm Intra-Firm Trade;

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    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • F2 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business


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