Why is your research important?
The goal of my research is to help developing countries get the most out of direct investments. I think this is very important for several reasons: creating more jobs, bringing in technology, and ultimately, eliminating poverty.
Companies invest too little in developing countries because they consider them riskier than developed countries. Many managers have limited information about these countries and the actual level of risk in them.
In my research I look at how companies can protect their investments in developing countries and other foreign markets where the risk is higher than in the company’s home country. Together with colleagues from BI and abroad I am trying to develop a set of managerial and legal tools companies can use to safeguard their investments.
I also look at impact investing companies like the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries (Norfund). These companies are set up to help build sustainable and profitable companies in developing countries that would otherwise not be funded because they are considered too risky. I try to understand how companies like these help de-risk investing in developing countries.