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Measuring Competitiveness and Its Sources: The Case of Mali's Manufacturing Sector

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  • Cockburn, J.
  • Siggel, E.
  • Coulibaly, M.
  • Vezina, S.

Competitiveness is a hotly-debated topic among policy-makers and businessmen throughout the world. Yet it has been the subject of surprisingly little rigorous economic analysis. The paper presents a method which draws on economic theory to measure competitiveness and its sources at the firm- and industry-levels. It shows that manufacturing firms in Mali are competitive only on their local market where protection offsets a fundamental lack of comparative advantage. Regional integration and trade liberalization thus constitute major challenges with only the textiles sector in a position to potentially exploit the resulting export opportunities.

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Paper provided by EAGER Publication/BHM in its series Equity and Growth through Economic Research with number 16.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 1998
Handle: RePEc:fth:eagerd:16
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