Towards A Flexible Concept of Competitiveness

Publication: Working/Discussion PaperWU Working Paper

Abstract

The purpose of the paper Is to work out the substance of the term "competitiveness" from a broad overview of concepts used. For most of the period theory in the field has comprised three quite separate strands, f.e. trade theory,
price theory and Industrial organization. Starting with the theoretical background the substance of "competitiveness" is derived from a classfflcatlon of determinants used in theoretical and empirical studies. The main indicators are defined and explained. We conclude that a flexible rather than a generalizing concept of competitiveness should be used, because the explanatory power increases with
the former. The research problem in question defines the subset of indicators to be chosen. Consequently, the subset varies from case to case and with it the concept of competitiveness.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1992

Publication series

NameDepartment of Economics Working Paper Series
No.13

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