Measuring Competitiveness and Its Sources: The Case of Mali's Manufacturing Sector
AbstractCompetitiveness is a hotly-debated topic among policy-makers and businessmen throughout the world. Yet it has been the subject of surprisingly little rigorous economic analysis. The paper presents a method which draws on economic theory to measure competitiveness and its sources at the firm- and industry-levels. It shows that manufacturing firms in Mali are competitive only on their local market where protection offsets a fundamental lack of comparative advantage. Regional integration and trade liberalization thus constitute major challenges with only the textiles sector in a position to potentially exploit the resulting export opportunities.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Bell Communications - Economic Research Group in its series Papers with number 16.
Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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COMPETITION ; INTERNATIONAL TRADE ; DEVELOPING COUNTRIES;
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- Cockburn, J. & Siggel, E. & Coulibaly, M. & Vezina, S., 1998. "Measuring Competitiveness and Its Sources: The Case of Mali's Manufacturing Sector," Equity and Growth through Economic Research 16, EAGER Publication/BHM.
- F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
- F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
- O55 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Africa
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