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Does input sector liberalization promote quality innovation and exports?

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  • Bandyopadhyay, Swapnendu
  • Acharyya, Rajat

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This paper examines the relationship between input sector liberalization and product quality innovation and export orientation by a LDC firm given the complementarity between high input quality and high product quality. We show that input sector liberalization per se may not induce quality innovation and outward orientation. In fact in some situations ceteris paribus input sector liberalization may increase the odds in favour of low quality production. We show that total output sector liberalization, or surprisingly, a suitable degree of output sector protection then is needed to be combined with input sector liberalization so that quality innovation is induced.
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  • Bandyopadhyay, Swapnendu & Acharyya, Rajat, 2006. "Does input sector liberalization promote quality innovation and exports?," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 15(4), pages 443-462.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:reveco:v:15:y:2006:i:4:p:443-462
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    1. Acharyya, Rajat & García-Alonso, María D.C., 2012. "Income based price subsidies and parallel imports," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 22(1), pages 25-41.
    2. repec:eee:reveco:v:54:y:2018:i:c:p:289-298 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Acharyya, Rajat & Banerjee, Swapnendu, 2012. "On tariff and quality innovation in a market with discrete preferences," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 29(3), pages 917-925.
    4. Rajat Acharyya & Prabal Roy Chowdhury, 2006. "Innovation incentives in an intergrated marketed with vertical product differentiation," Indian Statistical Institute, Planning Unit, New Delhi Discussion Papers 06-02, Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, India.

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    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance
    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection

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