Economic Development as a Learning Process: Variation Across Sectoral Systems

Economic Development as a Learning Process: Variation Across Sectoral Systems


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781005408
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication date: 05/13/2013
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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

Table of 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


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