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Technological Capabilities of Automotive Firms in Indonesia and Malaysia-super-


  • Rajah Rasiah

    (Professor of Technology and Innovation Policy, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.)


This paper examines differences in technological capabilities and the statistical relationships in a sample of automotive firms in Indonesia and Malaysia. The results show that firms in Indonesia, which has a liberalized trade regime, enjoyed higher human resource, process technology, and research and development (R&D) capabilities than firms in Malaysia, which has protected trading policies. Statistical relationships largely support theoretical arguments about R&D and the explanatory variable of foreign ownership in Indonesia where the relationship between the two is significant and negative. Foreign ownership was negatively correlated with human resource and positively correlated with process technology in Malaysia. The overall results show that there is a need to increase external competition and human capital supply for automotive firms in Malaysia to raise their technological capabilities. (c) 2009 The Earth Institute at Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Rajah Rasiah, 2009. "Technological Capabilities of Automotive Firms in Indonesia and Malaysia-super-," Asian Economic Papers, MIT Press, vol. 8(1), pages 151-169, Winter.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:asiaec:v:8:y:2009:i:1:p:151-169

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    1. Yansheng LI & Xin Xin KONG & Miao ZHANG, 2015. "Industrial Upgrading in Global Production Networks: The Case of the Chinese Automotive Industry," Working Papers DP-2015-07, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).
    2. Kozo Otsuka & Kaoru Natsuda, 2016. "The Determinants Of Total Factor Productivity In The Malaysian Automotive Industry: Are Government Policies Upgrading Technological Capacity?," The Singapore Economic Review (SER), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 61(04), pages 1-18, September.

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