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Documentos de trabajoMarta Noguer, Clàudia Canals

This paper contributes to the literature on the determinants of FDI. We use a new data set covering greenfield and expansion projects to examine which factors infiuence the decision to invest abroad. Our empirical framework is an augmented gravity model that incorporates elements of factor proportions theory. At the aggregate level, we find that distance discourages FDI, size and sharing a language encourages it, and that FDI targets relatively capital scarce countries. When we classify investment projects according to their stage in the chain of production, we observe a lot of variation across stages. Nevertheless, economic size, distance, and capital abundance are still determining factors for most value-chain stages and preserve the sign of their effects. Moreover, even though the results confirm FDI targetting capital scarce countries, we find ev- idence of a minimum requirement on the host country's capital endowment in all the stages of production except extraction. Finally, ease of doing business is also important, especially so for the location of regional headquarters.

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