This paper provides an overview of developments in the software industries of Brazil, China, India and Israel. Section 1 provides some basic information on these four countries. Section 2 contains an overview of what the software industry looks like in these different countries and any changes that have occurred over time. Section 3 looks at the locational features of the industry (in particular, the strong agglomeration that has occurred) and the degree to which it has induced spillovers to the rest of the economy. Section 4 then turns explicitly to the role of public policy in sponsoring or impeding the growth of the industry over the recent past. Section 5 is concerned with the important issue of the mobility of skilled software labour across borders and, in particular, looks at whether this constitutes a brain drain for developing countries. Section 6 concludes.
DRC Working Papers, Foreign Direct Investment in Emerging Markets, Centre for New and Emerging Markets, London Business School, No. 22, London, UK, 34 pp.