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Export Pioneers in Latin America

  • Charles Sabel
  • Eduardo Fernandez-Arias

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  • Ricardo Hausmann
  • Andres Rodriguez-Clare
  • Ernesto H. Stein

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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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Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department in its series Research Department Publications with number 4769.

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  1. Alejandro Artopoulos & Daniel Friel & Juan Carlos Hallak, 2011. "Export Emergence of Differentiated Goods from Developing Countries: Four Argentine Cases," Working Papers 107, Universidad de San Andres, Departamento de Economia, revised Mar 2011.
  2. Alejandro Artopoulos & Daniel Friel & Juan Carlos Hallak, 2011. "Lifting the Domestic Veil: The Challenges of Exporting Differentiated Goods Across the Development Divide," NBER Working Papers 16947, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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