UNU-MERIT Working Papers #2015-009

with Riccardo Crescenzi and Carlo Pietrobelli

This paper looks at the location choices of MNEs in the European Union (EU-25) regions and unveils that EMNEs follow distinctive location strategies. Their attraction into large regional markets is similar to AMNEs as well as their irresponsiveness to efficiency seeking motives. Conversely, the most knowledge-intensive investments respond mainly to  strategic assets and the agglomeration of foreign investments in the same business functions.