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Competitiveness, Technology and Skills

The late Sanjaya Lall, formerly Professor of Development Economics, Oxford University (at the International Development Centre at Queen Elizabeth House), UK
This book draws together recent contributions by Sanjaya Lall – a leading authority on international investment, technology and industrial policy – on competitiveness and its major determinants. It draws upon his wide experience of competitiveness analysis in Asian and African countries and his recent work on technology and skills. It contains his most important published material as well as previously unpublished articles, and will be of interest to students, researchers and policy analysts interested in industrial development, technology and human resources.
Extent: 528 pp
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Publication Date: 2001
ISBN: 978 1 84064 586 6
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Competitiveness becomes a growing concern for developing countries as they liberalise their economies and open up to global trade, investment and technology flows. They fear that liberalisation by itself may not, in the presence of market and institutional deficiencies, lead to the optimal allocation of resources. In particular, it may lead to the realisation of static rather than dynamic comparative advantages – a threat to sustained growth in a world of rapid technical change. This book draws together recent contributions by Sanjaya Lall – a leading authority on international investment, technology and industrial policy – on competitiveness and its major determinants. It draws upon his wide experience of competitiveness analysis in Asian and African countries and his recent work on technology and skills. It contains his most important published material as well as previously unpublished articles, and will be of interest to students, researchers and policy analysts interested in industrial development, technology and human resources.
‘This book is an important contribution to the literature on development. It fills a gap in the competitiveness debate concerning developing countries and provides convincing explanations for the success or failure of countries to catch up. . . The book should not only find a place in the reading lists for courses on development economics and international economics, but also it is hoped that it constitutes an impetus for those inter and supra-national institutions whose policy recommendations are actual structural policies are almost exclusively rooted in the neoclassical framework.’
– Christian Bellak, The Economic Journal
Contents: Preface and Acknowledgements 1. What ‘Competitiveness is and Why it is Important 2. ‘Market-stimulating’ Technology Policies in Developing Countries: A Framework with Examples from East Asia (with Morris Teubal) 3. Import Liberalization and Industrial Performance: The Conceptual Underpinnings (with Wolfram Latsch) 4. The Technological Structure and Performance of Developing Country Manufactured Exports, 1985–98 5. Skills and Competitiveness in Developing Countries 6. Multinational Corporations, Technology Development and Export Competitiveness 7. Technological Change and Industrialization in the Asian Newly Industrializing Economies: Achievements and Challenges 8. India’s Manufactured Exports: Comparative Structure and Prospects 9. Competitiveness Challenges in the New Asian Tigers: Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines 10. Technology Policies in Indonesia 11. Transfer and Development of Technology: Kenya and Tanzania Index