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Author(s): Bozidar Cerovic, Sanja Mitic

Title: Export Barriers and Export Supporting Measures – Lessons for a Policy Revision in Serbia

Source: International Scientific Days 2018 :: Towards Productive, Sustainable and Resilient Global Agriculture and Food Systems :: Proceedings

ISBN: 978-80-7598-180-6


Publisher: Wolters Kluwer ČR, Prague

PY, pages: 2018, 2567-2589

Published on-line: 2018-11-09

Language: eng

Abstract: After the crisis 2007-08 new ideas on further institutional reforms and new development path for transition economies have been proposed. Among these new ideas, one of the leading tracks was promotion of the export led growth. The idea includes definition of an industrial policy that should back the new growth model based on exports. Although proclaiming new policies it often happened that governments remained mostly at some conventional measures. In this paper we try to define what kind of policy will be desirable to diminish problems the firms feel to face in developing their export businesses. We analyze results of a survey taken in a sample of Serbian firms trying to identify export obstacles and barriers as they are perceived among the managers of the firms observed. We explore three groups of export barriers: external, operational and internal (organizational and marketing) barriers. Our analysis will be concentrated on several characteristics of firms in the sample. In doing so we shall try to define what their common perception of export obstacles and barriers is and what is specific in regard to a particular firm type. The firm types and other firm characteristics we are interested in refer to (a) size of firms; (b) export experience and (c) firm location. The results should help policymakers to design proper policies that can efficiently relax detected obstacles and barriers (regardless of whether they represent an objective problem or just a subjective perception of firms’ managers). Also, the findings could be of use for individual managers when rethinking their own views either as a confirmation of their thoughts or as an inducement to call for some collective action. Hence, the main outcomes of our research is the identification of those critical points that could help in designing correct and effective policy measures or incite certain rethinking when the measures appear as insufficient but also to offer some lessons for the managers in their work.

Keywords: export barriers, industrial policies, export experience

JEL Classification: E61, M16, M31

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