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Export Pioneers in Latin America


  • Sabel, Charles
  • Sánchez, Gabriel
  • Butler, Inés
  • Rozemberg, Ricardo
  • Ruffo, Hernán
  • Arbeláez, María Angélica
  • Meléndez Arjona, Marcela
  • León, Nicolás
  • Da Rocha, Angela
  • Kury, Beatriz
  • Monteiro, Joana
  • Agosin, Manuel R.
  • Bravo Ortega, Claudio
  • Aragón, Edgar
  • Darzé, Alexandre
  • Bonelli, Regis
  • Pinheiro, Armando Castelar
  • Snoeck, Michele
  • Pittaluga, Lucía
  • Artopoulos, Alejandro
  • Friel, Daniel
  • Hallak, Juan Carlos


Export Pioneers in Latin America analyzes a series of case studies of successful new export activities throughout the region to learn how pioneers jump-start a virtuous process leading to economic transformation. The cases of blueberries in Argentina, avocados in Mexico, and aircraft in Brazil illustrate how an initially successful export activity did not stop with the discovery of a single viable product, but rather continued to evolve. The book explores the conjecture that costly burdens to entrepreneurial self-discovery (due to the deterrent effects of imitation by competitors) have held back potential exporters in post-reform Latin America. It also considers the conjecture that new export activities are a complex enterprise that can only come to fruition when innovative contributions of many actors are somehow provided jointly.

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  • Sabel, Charles & Sánchez, Gabriel & Butler, Inés & Rozemberg, Ricardo & Ruffo, Hernán & Arbeláez, María Angélica & Meléndez Arjona, Marcela & León, Nicolás & Da Rocha, Angela & Kury, Beatriz & Monteir, 2012. "Export Pioneers in Latin America," IDB Publications (Books), Inter-American Development Bank, number 380.
  • Handle: RePEc:idb:idbbks:380

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    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F19 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Other
    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements


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