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Title: Competitiveness of the B.C. food and beverage industry in the Pacific Rim: an empirical analysis of the influencing factors
Author: Cain, Laura Lea-Anne
Degree Master of Science - MSc
Program Agricultural Economics
Copyright Date: 1995
Subject Keywords Food industry and trade -- British Columbia; Food industry and trade -- Pacific area; British Columbia -- Commerce -- Pacific area; Pacific Area -- Commerce -- British Columbia
Abstract: Factors or characteristics which influence the export competitiveness of British Columbia's food and beverage processing industries in the Pacific Rim markets (i.e., Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China: Mainland, Singapore and South Korea) are studied using pooled time-series and cross-sectional data, for the years 1988 through 1992. Changes in exports and in export market share are explained by changes in systematic exogenous and endogenous differences amongst B.C. and competing provincial industries over the five year period. The results indicate that, converse to what is suggested in the literature, there is no statistical consistency in the explanatory capability of comparative cost, industrial organization, or firm strategy variables to explain competitiveness in Pacific Rim markets. Rather, it appears export success is due to many unique factors at the firm or provincial level. Hence, it is not possible to make generalizations about the competitiveness determinants of these industries in the Pacific Rim markets.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/3722
Series/Report no. UBC Retrospective Theses Digitization Project [http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/retro_theses/]

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