329 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2012
Date Written: April 2012
Export Pioneers in Latin America analyzes a series of case studies of successful new export activities throughout the region to learn how pioneers jump-start a virtuous process leading to economic transformation. The cases of blueberries in Argentina, avocados in Mexico, and aircraft in Brazil illustrate how an initially successful export activity did not stop with the discovery of a single viable product, but rather continued to evolve. The book explores the conjecture that costly burdens to entrepreneurial self-discovery (due to the deterrent effects of imitation by competitors) have held back potential exporters in post-reform Latin America. It also considers the conjecture that new export activities are a complex enterprise that can only come to fruition when innovative contributions of many actors are somehow provided jointly.
JEL Classification: F14, F19, O14, Q17
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Sabel, Charles and Fernandez-Arias, Eduardo and Hausmann, Ricardo and Rodriguez-Clare, Andres and Stein, Ernesto, Export Pioneers in Latin America (April 2012). IDB Book No. IDB-BK-107; Columbia Law and Economics Research Paper No. 421. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2080388 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2080388