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Innovation and Technological Upgrading in Lahore: Results From the LCCI Business Confidence Survey 2016

Mahvish Faran () and Azam Chaudhry
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Mahvish Faran: Visiting Lecturer, Lahore School of Economics.

Lahore Journal of Economics, 2016, vol. 21, issue Special Edition, 393-415

Abstract: The Lahore School of Economics and the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) conducted a unique business confidence survey of firms in March 2015. The objective of the survey was to determine industry-specific trends as well as firms’ perceptions of general macroeconomic trends. In 2016, the Lahore School and LCCI conducted a second business confidence survey in which they asked a sample of firms about the same issues as well as their level of innovation and technological upgrading. In this paper, we focus on the results of the innovation and technology component of the 2016 survey. We perform an aggregate analysis across firms to see if they have innovated and upgraded their technology. Next, we focus on the impact of innovation on exports and domestic sales to gauge whether firms reporting higher exports had innovated more. Finally, we look at each sector (manufacturing, services and retail) in turn and analyze the levels of innovation and technological innovation in each.

Keywords: Innovation; technology; macroeconomic trends; business confidence survey (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O11 O14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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