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Deraniyagala, Sonali and Semboja, Haji H. H. (1999) 'Trade Liberalisation, Firm Performance and Technology Upgrading in Tanzania.' In: Lall, Sanjaya, (ed.), The Technological Response to Import Liberalisation in Sub-Saharan Africa. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 112-147.

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Abstract

After nearly two decades of trade restrictions, Tanzania launched a series of trade liberalization measures in the mid 1980s. Economic and manufacturing growth, which had collapsed in the ‘crisis years’ prior to liberalization, recovered modestly thereafter. This chapter examines the extent to which manufacturing firms responded technologically to trade liberalization, and whether their performance in the post-liberalization period can be explained in terms of their relative technological efforts and capabilities. It also sheds light on micro-level supply-side factors that determined the capacity of firms to upgrade technology and improve economic performance under the conditions of trade liberalization. The analysis deals with two subsectors — engineering and garments — and is based on a cross-section survey of 65 firms.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Economics
ISBN: 9780333735268
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-349-14852-3_4
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2007 13:33
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/2310

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