Economic liberalization and the computer industry: Comparing outcomes in Brazil and Mexico

Jason Dedrick, Kenneth L. Kraemer, Juan J. Palacios, Paulo Bastos Tigre, Antonio Jose Junqueira Botelho

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Market liberalization has been carried out by many developing countries in the hopes of stimulating trade, investment and technology transfer. In order to analyze the impacts of liberalization on a specific industry sector, this paper compares the experiences of Brazil and Mexico in liberalizing the computer industry in the 1990s. The authors conclude that liberalization leads to lower prices and more rapid diffusion of computer use throughout the economy, but at a cost to domestic computer firms who were harmed by foreign competition. Both countries saw an increase in computer production, but Mexico's production was mainly for export to the United States, while Brazil was producing for the domestic market. The differences between outcomes in the two countries have been determined more by environmental factors than by the nature and pace of liberalization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1199-1214
Number of pages16
JournalWorld Development
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Brazil
  • Computer
  • Information technoloy
  • Latin America
  • Liberalization
  • Mexico
  • Outcomes of liberalization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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