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Does innovativeness matter for international competitiveness in developing countries? The case of Turkish manufacturing industries

2004-04-01
ÖZÇELİK, EMRE
Taymaz, Erol
We examine the determinants of export performance of firms in the Turkish manufacturing industry. Prominent differences show up between innovator and non-innovator firms in terms of the impacts of such variables as firm size, advertisement intensities, ownership structures, and composition of employees. Importance of innovations and R&D activities, conduciveness of capital intensity, and insignificance of the real wage are meaningful as far as a rational international competition policy is concerned. Results are suggestive of a technology-oriented and capital-formative development path, if Turkey is to come up with the international competitive standards.