Determinants of competitiveness: Observations in China's textile and apparel industries

Chi Keung Lau, Kin Man To, Zhiming Zhang, Jing Chen

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This paper attempts to explore key determinants of competitiveness in the textile and apparel industries, with special reference to Chinese Mainland. The authors conduct a survey that is designed to use productivity, supply-side and demand-side determinants to measure enterprises' competitiveness. The collected survey data is then analyzed using factor analysis to capture the related determining factors indicative of competitiveness at the enterprise level. The findings demonstrate that government policies and related industry infrastructure are the most important determinants of competitiveness in the textile and apparel industries, followed by domestic demand. This suggests that the improvement of industry infrastructure can foster industry performance, and that more resources should be endowed to enhance the domestic business competitiveness of local enterprises. The development of domestic demand will foster the competitiveness of the textile and apparel industries on a more sustainable basis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-64
Number of pages20
JournalChina and World Economy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2009


  • China
  • competitiveness
  • textile and clothing industries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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