Export Pioneers in Latin America

329 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2012  

Charles Sabel

Columbia University - Columbia Law School

Eduardo Fernandez-Arias

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Ricardo Hausmann

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Andres Rodriguez-Clare

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Ernesto Stein

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Date Written: April 2012

Abstract

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

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

Charles Frederick Sabel (Contact Author)

Columbia University - Columbia Law School ( email )

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Eduardo Fernandez-Arias

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) ( email )

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Ricardo Hausmann

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )

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Andres Rodriguez-Clare

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

1300 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20577
United States

Ernesto Hugo Stein

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) ( email )

1300 New York Avenue, NW
Research Department
Washington, DC 20577
United States

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