Title: A study of industrial policy affecting the technological development in textiles and clothing industries in three countries: Hong Kong special administrative region (HKSAR) of China, Italy and the USA

Authors: Kai-chiu Ho, Patrick Chi-leung Hui, Xiao-ming Tao, Kwok-wing Yeung

Addresses: The Institute of Textiles and Clothing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China. ' The Institute of Textiles and Clothing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China. ' The Institute of Textiles and Clothing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China. ' The Institute of Textiles and Clothing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China

Abstract: Government policy is well identified as one of externalities to influence the technological development in textiles and clothing (T&C) industry. In this paper, the key constitutes of industrial policy that affects the technological development in T&C industry adopted by three selected countries, Italy, the USA and HKSAR, from 1973 to 2000 are identified. It is assumed that the trend of growth/slump of total exports of T&C products is reflected the technological development in T&C industry and therefore the total export value in these three countries from 1973 to 2000 is analysed to understand the change of industrial policy that affects the technological development in their T&C industry.

Keywords: industrial policy; technological change; textile industry; clothing industry; garment industry; apparel industry; technological development; government policy; Italy; Hong Kong; USA; United States.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSTM.2005.007422

International Journal of Services Technology and Management, 2005 Vol.6 No.3/4/5, pp.483 - 522

Available online: 18 Jul 2005 *

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