Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/89125
Authors: 
Artopoulos, Alejandro
Friel, Daniel
Hallak, Juan Carlos
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
IDB Working Paper Series IDB-WP-166
Abstract: 
This paper surveys four Argentinean industries—light ships, television programs, wines, and wooden furniture—that have experienced substantial export growth in recent years, particularly to developed countries. The case studies first describe the structure of the industries, then characterize the emergence of export pioneers and the subsequent process of diffusion. Finally, they analyze the role played by public institutions. Across sectors, the appearance of a pioneer is largely explained by a knowledge advantage relative to other industry participants regarding foreign markets, which the pioneer acquired previously and independently of his decision to export. Diffusion occurs across as well as within sectors, as pioneers’ knowledge is relevant to other industries. Since diffusion does not necessarily hurt the pioneer, public policy has a potentially important role in fostering diffusion within and across sectors.
Subjects: 
Small and Medium Enterprises
Exports
Argentina
JEL: 
L62
L66
L68
L82
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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