Reflections on the Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on Brazilian Economic Development

British Academy Workshop

Workshop - Rio de Janeiro 2016 vL

22 July 2016

Universidade de São Paulo

Organized jointly by:

CEGBI – Centre for Evolution of Global Business and Institutions, University of York

Universidade Federal Fluminense

Universidade de Sao Paulo

This international workshop on ‘Reflections on the Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on Brazilian Economic Development’ is funded by the British Academy and organised jointly by the Centre for Globalization Research (CEGBI) at the University of York, the Centre for Economic, Quantitative and Social History (HEQUS), Universidade Federal Fluminense, and the Economics Department at Universidade of Sao Paulo. It brings key academics in business and economic history together and has three main aims: The first one is to exchange knowledge, and compare and contrast innovative and high quality research on the impact of foreign direct investment from different countries in Latin America. The second aim is to discuss the applicability of alternative methodologies and sources when conducting research about foreign direct investment in Latin America. The third aim is to provide a deeper understanding of the complex factors that contribute to long-term survival and competitiveness for businesses operating in foreign environments when opportunities and threats arise as a result of globalisation.

Workshop Programme

9.00 – 9.10 – Welcome

Teresa da Silva Lopes, University of York

Carlos Gabriel Guimaraes, University Federal Fluminense

Alexandre Saes, Universidade de Sao Paulo

9.10 – 10.00 – Keynote Speech

‘The Impact of Globalisation in Latin America: Business Enterprises and Entrepreneurship’

Carlos Marichal, Colegio de Mexico

10.00 – 11.00 – Session 1 – British Investment in Brazil 

Chair: Alexandre Saes, Universidade de Sao Paulo

‘Trademarks and Foreign Investment in Brazil: Trends in Registration and Piracy, 1876-1914’

Teresa da Silva Lopes, University of York; Alexandre Saes, University of Sao Paulo, Carlos Gabriel Guimaraes, Universidade Federal Fluminense

‘Merger or Acquisition? The Rio Claro-São Paulo Railway Company between 1888 and 1892’

Guilherme Grandi, Universidade de Sao Paulo

11.00 – 11.15 – Coffee Break

11.15 – 12.15 – Session 2 – Japanese Investment in Brazil

Chair: Thiago Gambi, UNIFAL – Universidade Federal de Alfenas

‘Japanese Business and Investment in Brazil: Origins and Development’

Silvio Miyazaki, Universidade de Sao Paulo

‘Global Recourse Procurement System and Japanese FDI in Brazil: Pulp and Steel Industries, 1945-2015’

Takafumi Kurosawa, University of Kyoto

12.15 – 13.00 – Lunch

13.00 – 15.30 – Session 3 – Investment in Brazilian Banking

Chair: Carlos Gabriel Guimaraes, University Federal Fluminense

‘Overseas Banks and Financial Conglomerates: Comparing Strategies of Dutch Banks in Brazil in two Different Phases of Globalization’

Gerarda Westerhuis, Utrecht University

‘”Bringing Back Emigrants” Savings – Portuguese Banks in Brazil before WWII’

Alvaro Ferreira da Silva, Universidade de Lisboa, and Pedro Neves, Universidade de Lisboa

‘Dealing with Very Imperfect Information: Bondhoders, Fiscal Accounts and the Brazilian Sovereign Risk, 1880-1928’

Leonardo Weller, Universidade de Sao Paulo

15.30 – 16.00 – Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.30 – Session 4 – Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America

Chair: Luiz Fernando Saraiva, Universidade Federal Fluminense

‘Foreign Investment in the South American beef Industry: Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil in Comparison, 1883-1933c’

Andrea Lluch, CONICET and Los Andes University

‘British and US Investment Patterns in Argentina, 1900-1960’

Norma Lanziotti, CONICET

‘Bunge and its Foreign Investments in Brazil: 1905-1920’

Armando della Costa, Universidade de Curitiba

17.30 – 18.00 – Closing Session – Discussion on Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on Latin American Industrialisation and Economic Development

Chair: Teresa da Silva Lopes, University of York

The Audience

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