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Economic Development as a Learning Process

Variation Across Sectoral Systems Edited by Franco Malerba, Professor of Applied Economics, Department of Management and Technology and President of ICRIOS , Bocconi University, Milan, Italy and Richard R. Nelson, formerly Columbia University, US
Until recently, economists studying economic development have tended to consider it a universal process, or focussed their attention on common aspects. This book originates from the growing recognition of significant sectoral differences in economic development and examines the catching-up process in five different economic sectors: pharmaceuticals, telecommunications equipment, semiconductors, software, and agro-food industries. Each of these sector studies explore the learning and catch-up processes in various developing countries, in order to identify both the common features, and those which differ significantly across sectors and nations. The authors pay particular attention to China, India, Brazil, Korea and Taiwan.
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Until recently, economists studying economic development have tended to consider it as a universal process, or focussed their attention on common aspects. This book originates from the growing recognition of significant sectoral differences in economic development and examines the catching-up process in five different economic sectors: pharmaceuticals, telecommunications equipment, semiconductors, software, and agro-food industries. Each of these sector studies explore the learning and catch-up processes in various developing countries, in order to identify both the common features, and those which differ significantly across sectors and nations. The authors pay particular attention to China, India, Brazil, Korea and Taiwan.

Edited by two of the leading scholars in the field, this book will prove to be invaluable for academics and postgraduate students interested in economic and technological development, and evolutionary economics.
Contributors: J.O. Adeoti, S. Athreye, A.C. Castro, R. Díaz, S. Gu, S. Guennif, X.-X. Kong, K. Lee, Y. Lin, F. Malerba, S. Mani, Q. Mu, R.R. Nelson, J. Niosi, J. Orozco, S.V. Ramani, R. Rasiah, J. Song, T. Tschang
Contents:

1. Introduction
Franco Malerba and Richard R. Nelson

2. Explaining Divergent Stories of Catch-up in the Telecommunication Equipment Industry in Brazil, China, India and Korea
Keun Lee, Sunil Mani and Qing Mu

3. The Global Computer Software Sector
Jorge Niosi, Suma Athreye and Ted Tschang

4. Explaining Variations in Semiconductor Catch-up Strategies in China, Korea, Malaysia and Taiwan
Rajah Rasiah, Xin-Xin Kong, Yeo Lin and Jaeyong Song

5. Catching up in the Pharmaceutical Sector: Lessons from Case Studies of India and Brazil
Shyama V. Ramani and Samira Guennif

6. The Agro-food Sector in Catching-up Countries: A Comparative Study of Four Cases
Shulin Gu, John O. Adeoti, Ana Célia Castro, Jeffrey Orozco and Rafael Díaz

7. Conclusions
Franco Malerba and Richard R. Nelson

Index