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Trade Policy Reform and the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industry, Australia: 1993-97

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Textiles, clothing and footwear (TCF) industries in Australia experienced extensive trade reforms in the 1990s, which were expected to promote a competitive TCF activities. This paper examines two hypotheses (1) trade reforms have had a positive impact on TCF industries and (2) trade reforms have had an adverse impact on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Selected growth performance variables were intensively analysed. The results of the study are consistent with hypothesis (1) but are inconclusive with hypothesis (2). It was found that the positive productivity effect of SMEs does not appear to have been translated into export gain. The needs for further research to identify and focus upon the barriers inhibiting the export performance of SMEs is suggested.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia in its series Economics Working Papers with number WP99-18.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:uow:depec1:wp99-18

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Keywords: trade reforms; manufacturing performance; Australia;

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