Swedish FDI in Africa: Locational determinants of FDI from the perspective of the OLI paradigm
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
The global flows of foreign direct investment (FDI) to Africa have increased steadily in recent years but the research on what determines the location of these investments is scarce. Research focusing on FDI flows from small and open economies such as Sweden is even more uncommon. From the locational factors found in the OLI paradigm we developed a model that was tested on a dataset of 25 African countries over the period of 2007 to 2010. The model proved inadequate in explaining the African inward FDI flows from Sweden. However, it well explains the aggregated inward FDI flows from firms around the world to Africa. Our results implies that the locational determinants derived from the OLI paradigm are inadequate in explaining Swedish FDI flows to Africa and maybe even in explaining flows from a small and open economy to developing countries. The answer to the question of what locational determinants are important for Swedish companies investing in African countries should perhaps be sought for elsewhere.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 46 p.
Africa; Swedish multinational firms; inward FDI; the OLI paradigm; locational determinants of FDI flows
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-176158OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-176158DiVA: diva2:534466
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law