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From Natural Resources to High-Tech Production: The Evolution of Industrial Competitiveness in Sweden and Finland

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  • Blomström, Magnus

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    (European Institute of Japanese Studies)

  • Kokko, Ari

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    (European Institute of Japanese Studies)

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This paper analyzes the evolution of industrial competitiveness in Sweden and Finland in a long-term perspective. The first part looks at the foundations for industrial take-off in Sweden, with some focus on the development of institutions for the creation and dissemination of the skills and knowledge needed in the emerging industrial sector. The second part examines the development of the Swedish forest industry until the early 1990s, with particular emphasis on the factors allowing the industry to remain competitive for more than one century. The third and final part discusses the emergence of Nokia and Ericsson as market leaders in the high-tech mobile telecommunications industry. Summarizing the conclusions, we stress the role of efficient institutional solutions for the acquisition and development of technology, as well as the importance of an outward oriented trade regime. The experiences discussed in the report also suggest that public policy should provide an appropriate institutional framework to facilitate the sustainable use of land, raw materials, and other resources and promote learning and internationalization.

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Paper provided by The European Institute of Japanese Studies in its series EIJS Working Paper Series with number 139.

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Length: 73 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jan 2002
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Publication status: Published in Natural Resources: Neither Curse nor Destiny, Lederman, D. , Maloney, W.F. (eds.), 2007, pages 213-256, Stanford University Press and The World Bank, Washington, DC.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:eijswp:0139

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Keywords: industrialization; technical change; internationalization; forest industries; telecommunications;

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  1. William F. Maloney, 2002. "Missed Opportunities: Innovation and Resource-Based Growth in Latin America," JOURNAL OF LACEA ECONOMIA, LACEA - LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION.
  2. Federico Bonaglia & Kichiro Fukasaku, 2003. "Export Diversification In Low-Income Countries: An International Challenge After Doha," Development and Comp Systems 0307001, EconWPA.
  3. Lydall, Marian, 2009. "Backward linkage development in the South African PGM industry: A case study," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 34(3), pages 112-120, September.
  4. Walker, M.I. & Minnitt, R.C.A., 2006. "Understanding the dynamics and competitiveness of the South African minerals inputs cluster," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 31(1), pages 12-26, March.

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