The Determinants of Competitive Advantage of Brazilian Exporting Firms

University of Brasilia Economics Working Paper

22 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2005

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Jorge Arbache

University of Brasilia - Department of Economics

João Alberto De Negri

IPEA - Institute for Applied Economic Research

Date Written: March 2005

Abstract

This paper investigates the determinants of competitive advantage of a developing country's exporting firms. It brings at least two innovations. First, we employ an unprecedented database in the analysis of firms' international competitiveness. The database is the result of the compilation of micro-data of firms and their employees, exports, and capital ownership. Second, it investigates the importance of education, technology and scale of production as determinants of international competitiveness of firms from a developing country. The results show that these variables play an important role in explaining the international competitiveness of firms, and the limitation of explanations based solely on allocation and factor intensity as determinants of developing countries exports.

Keywords: Export determinants, education; technology, gains of scale, developing countries, Brazil

JEL Classification: F12, F14

Suggested Citation

Arbache, Jorge and De Negri, João Alberto, The Determinants of Competitive Advantage of Brazilian Exporting Firms (March 2005). University of Brasilia Economics Working Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=686140 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.686140

Jorge Arbache (Contact Author)

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João Alberto De Negri

IPEA - Institute for Applied Economic Research ( email )

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Brasilia DF 70900-010
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