Textile and Garment Industries
No RPS 1994-06, Research Paper Series from Philippine Institute for Development Studies
It has been argued that high protection rate retards productivity and efficiency. In view of the widespread belief, the government has instituted trade policy reforms aimed to increase efficiency and competitiveness of industries through elimination of distortions in resource allocation. While textile industries is sheltered by heavy protection and is thus inefficient, garment industry is relatively efficient despite less protection bestowed to it. This study analyzes the performance, efficiency competitiveness and structure of both industries. In particular, it examines the response of individual firms to trade reforms and the extent to which the reforms have fostered greater competition and efficiency in resource utilization.
Keywords: productivity; trade liberalization; trade reforms; garments and textile industries; trade sector; competitiveness; efficiency issues; trade policies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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