Learning across policy regimes: case study of the Indian Automobile Industry

Publication Type:

Journal Article


International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Volume 12, Issue 2, p.197-217 (2012)




Asia, automobile industry, Capabilities, Growth, India., Industrial Policy, Learning


Learning is an important factor that explains inter-firm differences in performances over time. This paper analyzes the impact of government policy regime on the learning abilities of firms and markets over time. Through a case study analysis of the Indian automotive industry, the paper develops three hypotheses relating policy regimes with learning strategies of firms. The paper tests these hypotheses through a model of learning using a panel data for the Indian automotive industry. The study finds that speed of knowledge assimilation is more important in the liberalized policy regime vis-à-vis protection when knowledge assimilation per se was a more important economic goal.

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