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Technology capacity, product position and firm’s competitiveness: an empirical analysis


  • Gao, Yanyan
  • Liu, Zhibiao
  • Song, Shunfeng
  • Zheng, Jianghuai


Using firm-level data from a 2009 survey conducted in Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China, this paper examines impacts of technology capacity and value-chain position on firm’s product competitiveness. Both technology capacity and product competitiveness are self-assessed relative to other firms and products in the same industry. The position of value-chain is measured relative to if a firm is an original brand manufacturer or not. Our empirical results show that competitiveness rises with firm’s technology capacity and its position in the global value chain. This finding is consistent with the theoretical prediction. The paper also investigates determinants of technology capacity and value-chain position, including firm’s size, R&D spending, location dummies, education level of technical and management personnel, wages of technical and management personnel, and enterprise ownership. Bootstrapping, Probit, and linear probability regression models are employed.

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  • Gao, Yanyan & Liu, Zhibiao & Song, Shunfeng & Zheng, Jianghuai, 2009. "Technology capacity, product position and firm’s competitiveness: an empirical analysis," MPRA Paper 33126, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:33126

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    Technology Capacity; Original Brand Manufacturer; Competitiveness; Global Value Chain; Bootstrapping;

    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • L10 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - General

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