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Measuring Competitiveness and Its Sources: The Case of Mali's Manufacturing Sector

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  • Cockburn, J.
  • Siggel, E.
  • Coulibaly, M.
  • Vezina, S.

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Competitiveness 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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Paper provided by EAGER Publication/BHM in its series Equity and Growth through Economic Research with number 16.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:fth:eagerd:16

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Keywords: COMPETITION ; INTERNATIONAL TRADE ; DEVELOPING COUNTRIES;

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Cited by:
  1. Charalambos G. Tsangarides & Gustavo Ramirez, 2007. "Competitiveness in the CFA Franc Zone," IMF Working Papers 07/212, International Monetary Fund.
  2. Eckhard Siggel, 2006. "International Competitiveness and Comparative Advantage: A Survey and a Proposal for Measurement," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 6(2), pages 137-159, June.
  3. Piergiuseppe Morone & Giuseppina Testa, 2005. "What Makes Small and Medium Enterprises Competitive," Quaderni DSEMS 18-2005, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche, Matematiche e Statistiche, Universita' di Foggia.
  4. Ismail, Abdul Ghafar & Gharleghi, Behrooz & Jafari, Yaghoob & Hosseinidoust, Ehsan & Shafighi, Najla, 2009. "The Impact of Domestic Resource Cost on the Comparative Advantages of Iran Crude Steel Sector," MPRA Paper 26381, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 25 Oct 2010.

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