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Title:Foreign ownership, technological capabilities, and clothing exports in Sri Lanka PDF Logo
Authors:Wignaraja, Ganeshan
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:ADB Institute Discussion Papers 82
Abstract:Drawing on recent developments in applied international trade and innovation and learning in developing countries, this paper examines the links between firm-level export performance, foreign ownership, and the acquisition of technological capabilities in a sample of 205 clothing enterprises in Sri Lanka. Econometric analysis indicates that foreign ownership, firm size, human capital, technological capabilities, and geographical location are all positively associated with export shares. Furthermore, higher levels of technological capability are associated with larger firm size, university-level manpower, and R&D. Microlevel investigations are a complementary input to developing policies for promoting private sector competitiveness in outward-oriented developing countries.
JEL:F14
O31
L67
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ADB Institute Discussion Papers, Asian Development Bank Institute

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