Globalization and Crisis in Textile Industry in Tunisia - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Globalization and Crisis in Textile Industry in Tunisia

Hakim Ben Hammouda

October, 1998


Economic Research Forum (ERF)

D. Microeconomics

In this paper, the author investigates the reasons for the rapid growth of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Tunisia starting in the early 1970s, and its decline starting in the middle of the 1980s. Using the development of the textile industry as a model, the author hypothesizes that the inability to speedily expand the skills of the workforce, coupled with worldwide rapid technological change in the textile industry, together explain the drop in FDI in this industrial sector in Tunisia.

Arabic Abstract:

فى هذه الورقة يدرس الباحث أسباب الزيادة السريعة فى الاستثمار الاجنبى المباشر فى تونس بدءا من اوائل السبعينات، ثم انخفاضه فى منتصف الثمانينات. ويستخدم الباحث التطور فى صناعة النسيج كنموذج، ويقدم افتراضا بان عدم القدرة على زيادة مهارات القوة العاملة بسرعة،
Policy Affiliates

Hakim Ben Hammouda

Former Interim Minister of Finance, Tunisia



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