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Firm Innovation and Productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Engine of Economic Development

Editors: Inter-American Development Bank, Grazzi, Matteo, Pietrobelli, Carlo (Eds.)

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This volume uses the study of firm dynamics to investigate the factors preventing faster productivity growth in Latin America and the Caribbean, pushing past the limits of traditional macroeconomic analyses. Each chapter is dedicated to an examination of a different factor affecting firm productivity - innovation, ICT usage, on-the-job-training, firm age, access to credit, and international linkages - highlighting the differences in firm characteristics, behaviors, and strategies. By showcasing this remarkable heterogeneity, this collection challenges regional policymakers to look beyond one-size-fits-all solutions and create balanced policy mixes tailored to distinct firm needs.      


This book is open access under a CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IGO license.     

About the authors

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is an international institution created in 1959 to foster economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean.      
Matteo Grazzi is a Specialist in the Competitiveness and Innovation Division of the Inter-American Development Bank. Before joining the IDB, Grazzi worked as a consultant economist at the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago, Chile, and as a researcher at the Centre for Research on Latin American and Transition Economies Studies (ISLA) at Bocconi University, Italy. He holds a PhD in International Law and Economics from Bocconi University and an MA in Development Economics from the University of Sussex, UK. His main research interests focus on international and development economics, the economics of innovation, and ICT for development.       
Carlo Pietrobelli is a Lead Specialist in the Competitiveness and Innovation Division of the Inter-American Development Bank. Prior to joining the IDB, he was Professor of Economics at the University of Roma Tre, Italy, and Director of the Center for Studies on the Economics of Institutions (CREI). He also served as Deputy Rector for university-Industry linkages at the same university. Pietrobelli holds a PhD in Economics from Oxford University, UK, and has worked as policy adviser for international organizations like the European Commission, the World Bank, IFAD, UNIDO, UNCTAD, ECLAC, CAF, and OECD in many countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. His research interests include innovation and technological change, industrial policy, international trade, and clusters and value chains in developing countries. His research has been published in many academic journals and books. At the IDB, Pietrobelli designs and manages programs to promote competitiveness and innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean.       

Reviews

“Why Latin American productivity growth has been systematically low, and certainly lower than in other regions of the world continues to be a major perplexing paradox…  This book brings fresh air into a highly polluted analytical environment overloaded with macro preconceptions and value judgments concerning market functioning and the sources of economic growth. I strongly recommend its reading.” (Jorge Katz, Professor, University of Chile, Chile; former Director of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC))      

“Grazzi and Pietrobelli have assembled a highly skilled team of internationally prominent scholars offering careful and meticulous analyses to identify what exactly is holding back this important region and how the challenges for economic development can best be achieved. This book is required reading not just for policy makers and scholars concerned with Latin America and the Caribbean, but for all those interested in what impedes and facilitates economic development.” (David Audretsch, Distinguished Professor, Ameritech Chair of Economic Development, and Director, Institute for Development Strategies, Indiana University, USA)  

“The dearth of productivity growth is the biggest puzzle and the biggest win-win opportunity for Latin American development. This book explores many of the connections that we need to understand to realize this opportunity.” (Ricardo Hausmann, Director of the Center for International Development and Professor of the Practice of Economic Development Harvard Kennedy School , Harvard University, USA; External Faculty, Santa Fe Institute, USA)  

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Determinants of Enterprise Performance in Latin America and the Caribbean: What Does the Micro-Evidence Tell Us?

    Grazzi, Matteo (et al.)

    Pages 1-36

  • Innovation Dynamics and Productivity: Evidence for Latin America

    Crespi, Gustavo (et al.)

    Pages 37-71

  • Innovative Activity in the Caribbean: Drivers, Benefits, and Obstacles

    Mohan, Preeya (et al.)

    Pages 73-101

  • Information and Communication Technologies, Innovation, and Productivity: Evidence from Firms in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Grazzi, Matteo (et al.)

    Pages 103-135

  • On-the-Job Training in Latin America and the Caribbean: Recent Evidence

    González-Velosa, Carolina (et al.)

    Pages 137-166

Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-1-349-58151-1
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Softcover $23.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-349-58150-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Firm Innovation and Productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean
Book Subtitle
The Engine of Economic Development
Editors
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • Matteo Grazzi
  • Carlo Pietrobelli
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Inter-American Development Bank
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-58151-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-58151-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-58150-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 346
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