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A systemic perspective in understanding the successful emergence of non-traditional exports: two cases from Africa and Latin America

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  • Iizuka, Michiko

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  • Gebreeyesus, Mulu

    () (UNU-MERIT/MGSoG)

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Due to recent revival of interest on industrial policy, there have been many attempts to design policy tools to facilitate the successful emergence of new industry, which in turn may help developing countries to transform structurally to a developmental path. Often, however, the existing policy framework lacks the systemic and dynamic perspective of industry. In this context we consider the 'function of innovation system' to be a useful policy tool and have therefore adapted the framework to analyse two cases from developing countries. We investigate the Ethiopian flower industry and the Chilean salmon industry, both of which are successful cases of non-traditional agricultural exports. This comparison enables us to identify the emerging sequence and content of functions at the 'formative' and 'growth' phases of industry for developing countries. These are significantly different from those of developed countries. The identification of such characteristics, based on the 'functions of innovation system' framework, should support effective policy interventions in other developing countries.

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  • Iizuka, Michiko & Gebreeyesus, Mulu, 2012. "A systemic perspective in understanding the successful emergence of non-traditional exports: two cases from Africa and Latin America," MERIT Working Papers 052, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
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    1. Szirmai A. & Gebreeyesus M. & Guadagno F. & Verspagen B., 2013. "Promoting productive employment in Subā€Saharan Africa : a review of the literature," MERIT Working Papers 062, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).

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    Keywords

    non-traditional export; innovation system; developing countries; agriculture; self-discovery;

    JEL classification:

    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • O25 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Industrial Policy

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