An Exploration into the Successful Development of the Leather-Shoe Industry in Ethiopia

18 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2009

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Tetsushi Sonobe

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

John E. Akoten

Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR)

Keijiro Otsuka

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

Abstract

The leather-shoe industry in Ethiopia is thriving, and in the early 2000s it managed to recover the domestic market which had once been swept by imported Chinese shoes. Using primary enterprise-level data, this paper finds that the industry has been growing not only because of a number of new entrants but also because of the growth of enterprises that have been improving product quality and developing new marketing systems. Such multifaceted improvements have been introduced by highly educated entrepreneurs, who have successfully expanded the size of their enterprises. This development pattern is similar to that commonly found in East Asia.

Suggested Citation

Sonobe, Tetsushi and Akoten, John E. and Otsuka, Keijiro, An Exploration into the Successful Development of the Leather-Shoe Industry in Ethiopia. Review of Development Economics, Vol. 13, No. 4, pp. 719-736, November 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1488524 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9361.2009.00526.x

Tetsushi Sonobe (Contact Author)

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John E. Akoten

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Kenya

Keijiro Otsuka

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) ( email )

7-22-1 Roppongi,Minato,
Tokyo 106-8677
Japan

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