South Asia's Turn:Policies to Boost Competitiveness and Create the Next Export Powerhouse

October 6, 2016

The report examines three critical and relatively understudied drivers of competitiveness: Economies of agglomeration: firms and workers accrue benefits from locating close together in cities or clusters through urbanization and localization. Participation in global value chains: stronger competitive pressures weed out least productive firms while others improve by gaining access to new knowledge and better inputs. Firm capabilities: in order to operate close to what would be considered optimum efficiency levels given the prevailing factor prices and thus employ South Asia’s abundant labor.

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Topics: AGRICULTURE SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED ENTERPRISES (SMES) LABOR GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS (GVCS) COMPETITIVENESS TEXTILES AND APPAREL

Regions: SOUTHEAST ASIA

Authors: GLADYS LOPEZ?ACEVEDO DENIS MEDVEDEV VINCENT PALMADE

Publishing Institution: WORLD BANK GROUP

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