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Title: STATE-SOCIETY SYNERGY AND EXPORT SOPHISTICATION
Authors: LI XIANG
Keywords: Government-business cooperation, export sophistication, development
Issue Date: 1-Aug-2012
Source: LI XIANG (2012-08-01). STATE-SOCIETY SYNERGY AND EXPORT SOPHISTICATION. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis contributes to the recent work on ¿export sophistication¿ in international political economy and economic growth. The central question that I address is what determines a country¿s level of export sophistication. To answer this question, I explore the role of state-society relations and political institutions ¿ in addition to economic fundamentals ¿ in influencing the level of sophistication. I argue that a synergetic relationship between state and society positively contributes to the level of export sophistication. However, this relationship holds only after the level of state-society synergy reaches some threshold. This threshold effect of synergy is formally derived from a simultaneous game with incomplete information. The central hypothesis is tested quantitatively. The key novelty of this research is the construction of a ¿synergy index¿ that allows for cross-country comparison and is based on Peter Evans¿ conceptualization of the term. Overall, the data suggests that state-society synergy favors export sophistication in countries with above-threshold levels of synergy.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/35963
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