IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Login to save this book or follow this series

From Underdogs to Tigers: The Rise and Growth of the Software Industry in Brazil, China, India, Ireland, and Israel

  • Arora, Ashish
    (Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Heinz School, Carnegie Mellon University)

  • Gambardella, Alfonso
    (Professor of Economics and Management, Laboratory of Economics and Management, Sant' Anna School of Advanced Studies)

Registered editor(s):

In 1980 the Indian software industry was practically non-existent. By the 1990s the industry was one of the largest employers in manufacturing. Similar patterns of growth can be found in other emerging economies. So given that the software industry is commonly viewed as a high-tech industry, how is it that such spectacular growth has occurred in countries where high-tech industries would not seem likely to develop? This book examines the reasons behind this phenomenon, and asks whether it suggests a new model of economic development. The contributors explore the implications of the rise of these newcomers to the software market for the global industry, and whether there are things to be learnt about the role of human capital in economic growth, firm formation and capabilities, business and managerial models, and industry structure. Chapters include country studies on Brazil, China, India, Ireland, and Israel, and are complemented by cross-cutting chapters on some of the key issues highlighted by the growth patterns of software in these nations, most notably the role of the multinational companies, the globalization of the skilled worker flows, and the formation of firm capabilities. The novelty of the growth patterns in the regions that studied makes this book useful for understanding analytical and empirical issues underlying new microfoundations of economic growth in some emerging regions of the world. Contributors to this volume - Ashish Arora, Carnegie Mellon University Suma Athreye, Open University Antonio J. Junqueira Botelho, Instituto Genesis, PUC, Rio de Janeiro Dan Breznits, MIT Alfonso Gambardella, Sant' Anna School of Advanced Studies Marco Giarratana, Universitat Carlos III, Madrid Devesh Kapur, Harvard University Steven Klepper, Carnegie Mellon University John McHale, Queen's University Alessandro Pagano, University of Ubino, Italy Anita Sands, Carnegie Mellon University Giancarlo Stefaunto, Softex, Sociedade Brasileira para a Promocao do Software Salvatore Torrisi, University of Camerino, Italy Ted Tschang, Singapore Management University Francisco Veloso, Carnegie Mellon University Lan Xue, Tsing Hua University

To our knowledge, this item is not available for download. To find whether it is available, there are three options:
1. Check below under "Related research" whether another version of this item is available online.
2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.

in new window

This book is provided by Oxford University Press in its series OUP Catalogue with number 9780199205318 and published in 2006.
ISBN: 9780199205318
Handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780199205318
Contact details of provider: Web page:

Order Information: Web:

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780199205318. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Economics Book Marketing)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.