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Assessing the Competitiveness of the Portuguese Footwear Sector

Fábio Batista (), José Matos () and Miguel Matos ()
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Fábio Batista: GEE - Office for Strategy and Studies
José Matos: GPEARI - Research and Economic Policy Division

No 66, GEE Papers from Gabinete de Estratégia e Estudos, Ministério da Economia

Abstract: This paper aims to find a set of variables that explain the success of Portuguese footwear in a global market. The Portuguese footwear industry is a success story, thanks in no small part to exports. Using micro-level data from the universe of firms in the Portuguese footwear industry from 2004 through 2014, we find that financial health, wages, investments in tangible and intangible assets, labour productivity and diversity and persistence in the firm’s participation in export markets are positively related with a firm’s competitiveness.

Keywords: Footwear; Exports; Competitiveness; Firm-level data. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-02, Revised 2017-02
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