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Export Performance and Competitiveness in the Philippines

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  • Sanjaya Lall

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After decades of weak growth, Philippine manufactured exports have performed impressively in recent years, better than those of most other South East Asian economies. This paper examines the sources of Philippine export dynamism and asks whether the current pace of growth is sustainable. It finds that the competitive base is very narrow, dominated by one product group and, within that, one product (semiconductors). This is a fast growing, high technology product, with great potential for future growth and spillovers; however, Philippines specialises in low-end final assembly and testing, where it is vulnerable to competitive entry and technological change. The paper ends with policy implications.

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  1. Shauna Phillips & Fredoun Z. Ahmadi-Esfahani, 2010. "Export market participation, spillovers, and foreign direct investment in Australian food manufacturing," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 26(3), pages 329-347.
  2. Sanjaya Lall, . "Turkish Performance in Exporting Manufactures: A Comparative Structural Analysis," QEH Working Papers qehwps47, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford.
  3. Eric Ramstetter, 2009. "Firm- and Plant-level Analysis of Multinationals in Southeast Asia: the Perils of Pooling Industries and Balancing Panels," Global COE Hi-Stat Discussion Paper Series gd09-106, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
  4. Duenas-Caparas, Maria Teresa S., 2006. "Determinants of Export Performance in the Philippine Manufacturing Sector," Discussion Papers DP 2006-18, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.

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