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Export Barriers in Pakistan: Results of a Firm-Level Survey

  • Rashid Amjad

    ()

    (Vice-Chancellor, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad.)

  • Ejaz Ghani

    ()

    (Chief of Research, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad.)

  • Musleh ud Din

    ()

    (Joint Director, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad.)

  • Tariq Mahmood

    ()

    (Senior Research Economist, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad.)

This study attempts to evaluate exporters’ perceptions of the problems they face in exploiting their full competitive potential in the international market. Using firm-level survey data, we find that a shortage of skilled labor, the energy crisis, institutional rigidities, market imperfections, and weaknesses in physical infrastructure are the key impediments to achieving export competitiveness. Policies geared toward improving the quality of skilled labor, resolving the energy crisis, and reducing transaction costs by improving the institutional and physical infrastructure are key to expanding Pakistan’s exports on a sustained basis.

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Article provided by Department of Economics, The Lahore School of Economics in its journal Lahore Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 17 (2012)
Issue (Month): Special Edition (September)
Pages: 103-134

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