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FY 2006/2007 Research Topic: 4-05
Latin American Primary goods Export Economy: Structure and Strategy

Outline

The revival of the primary goods export economy is one of the important phenomena observed in the Latin American economy since the 1980s. While the manufacturing sector, which developed under import substitution industrialization, has suffered a decline under the economic liberalization of the past two decades, the primary goods export industries have experienced steady growth, deriving dynamism from economic globalization. The purpose of this research is to study the possibility of sustainable growth of the primary goods export industries and their potential to become the axis of economic development in Latin America.

The primary goods and countries we will focus on in our analysis are petroleum from Venezuela, soybeans from Brazil, bananas from Ecuador, asparagus from Peru, pork from Mexico and wood and pulp from Chile. We will examine their prospects for further growth by studying the position and competitive advantage of each country in the international network of production and distribution, and we will also look at their role as an axis of economic development by analyzing their contribution to the creation of jobs, technological innovation and the emergence of local providers of related services.

Period

April 2005 - March 2007

Organizer

Members of the Research Project

HOSHINO Taeko
SAKAGUCHI Aki
KITANO Koichi
SHIMIZU Tatsuya
KOIKE Yoichi (Professor, Takushoku University)
ARAKI Hidekazu (Assistant Professor, Kanagawa University)

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