Title: Learning across policy regimes: a case study of the Indian automobile industry

Authors: Madhuri Saripalle

Addresses: Madras School of Economics, Chennai, 600 025, India

Abstract: Learning is an important factor that explains inter-firm differences in performances over time. This paper analyses the impact of government policy regime on the learning abilities of firms and markets over time. Through a case study analysis of the Indian automotive industry, this paper develops three hypotheses relating policy regimes with learning strategies of firms. This paper tests these hypotheses through a model of learning using a panel data for the Indian automotive industry. The study finds that speed of knowledge assimilation is more important in the liberalised policy regime vis-a-vis protection when knowledge assimilation per se was a more important economic goal.

Keywords: growth; learning; capabilities; industrial policy; automobile industry; Asia; India; automotive manufacturing; knowledge assimilation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2012.046862

International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, 2012 Vol.12 No.2, pp.197 - 217

Published online: 11 May 2012 *

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