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Building Export Capabilities by promoting Inter-Firm Linkages: Ireland’s Industrial Policy Revisited

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  • Oi Li

    (School of Politics and International Relations + Geary Institute, University College Dublin)

  • Patrick Paul Walsh

    (School of Politics and International Relations + Geary Institute, University College Dublin)

  • Ciara Whelan

    (School of Economics, University College Dublin)

Abstract

For the period 1972-2003 in Ireland we document a persistent decline in traditional import competing and an expansion in exporting plants, within each sector. Yet, the focus of this paper is to explore the vertical linkages between exporting plants and the increasing presence of de novo non-exporting plants within industries during this period. Based the capabilities approach of Sutton (2007) and the creative destruction model of Aghion and Howitt (1992) we find evidence that forward dominated backward vertical linkages, in that innovation in de novo non-exporting plants was a key determinant of export entry, growth and survival within all sectors, while evidence of backward linkages are harder to find.

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Paper provided by Geary Institute, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 200740.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: 25 Dec 2007
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Handle: RePEc:ucd:wpaper:200740

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Keywords: Manufacturing; Structural Change; Trade liberalisation; Export Development and Inter-Firm Vertical Backward and Forward Linkages.;

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  1. Patrick Paul Walsh & Ciara Whelan, 2011. "Mr Whitaker and Industry: Setting the Record Straight–A Reply to Barry and Daly," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 42(2), pages 169–175.

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