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Trade, technology, and absorptive capacity: Firm-level evidence across geographical clusters in the Tanzanian textiles and apparel sector

Amrita Saha (), André Castro, Marco Carreras and Daniele Guariso

No wp-2020-96, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: Trade-linked technological change has potential to increase incomes in low-income countries (LICs). The most labour-intensive segments of the textiles and apparel global value chain are in LICs. However, gaps between available technologies and best practices make it difficult to adopt more efficient production processes or move into higher value-added functions. This paper examines current technology use in the Tanzanian textiles and apparel sector, using nationally representative secondary data, primary quantitative data, and qualitative information from semi-structured interviews.

Keywords: Absorptive capacity; Firm productivity; Global value chains; Tanzania; Textiles; Apparel industry (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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