Journal Special Issue
Learning to Compete

Evidence on Exporting and Firm-Level Performance

This Journal Special Issue is based on the UNU-WIDER project Learning to compete (L2C) – accelerating industrial development in Africa.

Learning to Compete seeks to answer a seemingly simple but puzzling question: why is there so little industry in Africa?

Industry—including modern services and agro-industry—is often the key to job creation, poverty reduction, and growth. Most Asian economies began their industrialization processes with initial conditions quite similar to many African countries today, yet, while Asia had explosive industrial growth, Africa’s shares of global manufacturing value added and exports have fallen. To sustain growth Africa must learn to compete in global markets.

Table of contents
  1. 1. Learning to export and learning from exporting: The case of Ethiopian manufacturing
    Eyerusalem Siba, Mulu Gebreeyesus
    More Working Paper | Learning to Export and Learning by Exporting
  2. 2. Export Spillovers: Comparative Evidence From Kenya and Malaysia
    Bethuel Kinyanjui Kinuthia
  3. 3. The Dynamics of Exporting and Innovation: Evidence from the Tunisian Manufacturing Sector
    Wided Mattoussi, Mohamed Ayadi
  4. 4. Exporting and Productivity: Learning from Vietnam
    Carol Newman, John Rand, Finn Tarp, Nguyen Thi Tue Anh
    More Working Paper | Exporting and Productivity
  5. 5. Learning by Exporting: The Case of Mozambican Manufacturing
    António S. Cruz, Carol Newman, John Rand, Finn Tarp
    More Working Paper | Learning by Exporting
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