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Upgrading to Compete

Global Value Chains, Clusters, and SMEs in Latin America

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$24.95 • £19.95 • €22.50

ISBN 9781597820325

Publication Date: 03/01/2007


330 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

16 line drawings, 36 tables

David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies


An international team of researchers from Italy and Latin America working with Inter-American Development Bank staff applies analyses of industry clusters and global supply chains to compelling Latin American success stories. In-depth case studies examine Nicaraguan dairy, Brazilian fresh fruit, Chilean salmon, Brazilian metalworking, Mexican software—and one disappointing experience, Mexican rustic furniture. While emphasizing distinctions among sectors, the authors extract recommendations aimed at promoting the global competitiveness of small and medium-sized firms and increasing productivity, salaries, and profits.Foreign Affairs

This unusually rich set of integrated case studies explains why some clusters of SMEs are able to upgrade and provide for sustainable income growth, and how policies can facilitate this outcome.—Raphie Kaplinsky, Professor of International Development, Open University, Milton Keynes

A pathbreaking contribution to the literature on production systems. This book emphasizes the dynamics of the interaction of industrial districts and global value chains in the changing business environment of Latin America. A must-read for analytical scholars and for policymakers alike.—Jorge Katz, Former Director, Production, Productivity, and Management Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

At a time when there is growing interest in Latin America in active production sector strategies and in the role of SMEs, Pietrobelli and Rabellotti make in this book an essential contribution. Upgrading to Compete is full of quality information and insights. I look forward to the introduction of many of the ideas and recommendations of this book into policy action.—José Antonio Ocampo, Undersecretary-General of the United Nations for Economic and Social Affairs

This book offers a new way of thinking into fundamental aspects of industrial organization and international trade and exploits original case studies to develop new ideas and stylized facts.—Michael Piore, David W. Skinner Professor of Political Economy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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