Export Promotion, Learning by Doing and Growth
Title: Export Promotion, Learning by Doing and Growth
Citation: Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 1999, 23, 5-6, 747-772
This paper explores the quantitative link between export-promoting commercial policies and economic growth. We build and calibrate a dynamic general equilibrium model of a small developing economy. The economy’s equilibrium is suboptimal due to monopolistic competition in the manufacturing sector and a human capital accumulation externality. Second-best commercial policy that promotes exports in the sector with the externality can lead to an increase in both welfare and growth rates. We show that export-promoting policies can lead to substantial quantitative increases in steady-state growth for a wide range of parameter values.
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