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The shoe industry of Marikina City, Philippines: a developing country cluster in crisis

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  • Allen J. Scott

    (UCLA)

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I initiate the discussion with a few general remarks on industrial clusters and commodity chains. I describe the main features of the shoe industry in the Philippines. The core of the industry is located in Marikina City in the northeast of the Manila Metropolitan Area. I provide a detailed account of the internal structure and changing fortunes of this cluster. The deeply-rooted failures of the cluster since the early 1990s are pinpointed. I show that these can be directly related to the liberalization of the Filipino economy, and the concomitant increase in Chinese-made shoes on domestic markets. Various private and public responses to the crisis are described and evaluated. I argue that as helpful as many of these responses may be, their overall impact is likely to remain limited. I enumerate a series of possible policy options, but I also emphasize the high risks of failure. I try, in particular, to provide a developmental scenario based on cluster upgrading and intensified export activity.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Urban/Regional with number 0511003.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 07 Nov 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpur:0511003

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Keywords: shoe industry; industrial districts; regional development; clustering; agglomeration;

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  1. Scott, Allen J., 2006. "The Changing Global Geography of Low-Technology, Labor-Intensive Industry: Clothing, Footwear, and Furniture," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 34(9), pages 1517-1536, September.

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