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Workers, Managers, Productivity: Kaizen in Developing Countries

This open access book provides a glimpse into the Japanese management technique known as “Kaizen.”

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Restrictive Trade Policies as Hurdle to Pass for Africa: Evidence from the European Union's Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

An investigation of the impact of EU standard requirements (hurdles to pass before market access) on Africa's exports.

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Clusters, Knowledge and Firm Performance

The challenge facing Ghana is the need to transform from a resource-dependent economy to a dynamic, diversified industrial economy. This study examines the potential of industrial clusters in promoting industrial development in developing countries and in assessing the growth potential of clustered industries and firms in Ghana, using the wood processing cluster in Kumasi as a case study.

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Cocoa Sector in Côte D’ivoire: Are Public-Private Coordination Platforms Helpful?

The cocoa sector is the backbone of the Ivorian economy.  This paper shows that the Vision for Change program increases cocoa yields by up to 115 kilograms per hectare, income by up to 48% and the price of cocoa by up to 42 XOF (0.06 euros) per kg.

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Evaluating the Impact of Export Promotion Policy Incentives in the Ethiopian Manufacturing Sector

The results of the quantitative analysis show that the government’s intention to increase manufacturing’s share in total merchandize export, through improving the intensities and propensities of export sales of priority industries (textile, apparel, and leather and leather products), had only limited success.

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Urban Externalities in the Small Developing Countries of Asia and Latin America: A Comparative Case Study Analysis of Squatter Settlements in Nepal (Kathmandu) and Ecuador (Quito)

Urban squatter settlements contribute to economic growth, but what are their costs to society?  The primary objective of this study is to quantify the negative externalities of squatter settlements in Nepal and Ecuador in terms of incidence, intensity, and household costs.

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Urbanization Processes and Urban Morphology in the Periphery of Capitalism: São Paulo, Jakarta, Hanoi and Belo Horizonte

This study is an urban morphology comparative study between four southern cities: São Paulo, Jakarta, Hanoi and Belo Horizonte. It aims to disclose common spatial consequences of similar urban development processes, using urban morphology, or the study of the process of formation and transformation of human settlements.

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Location of the Poor: Neighborhood Versus Household Characteristics: The Case of Bogotá

This paper examines the behavioral drivers of location-decisions made by citizens of Colombia in Bogota, to attempt a definition of segregation without debating ethics.

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Trade and Growth Nexus in South Korea: Analysis Using Vector Error Correction Model and Granger Causality Test

This study examines the connection between trade and economic growth in South Korea, where trade has been an important sector of the country’s economy.

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Knowledge Economy Gaps, Policy Syndromes and Catch-up Strategies: Fresh South Korean Lessons to Africa

South Korea’s “economic miracle” was largely due to a knowledge-based development strategy that holds valuable lessons for African countries in their current pursuit towards knowledge economies. Africa’s overall knowledge index fell between 2000 and 2009. Using updated data (1996-2010), this paper presents fresh South Korean lessons to Africa by assessing knowledge economy gaps.

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