Institute for the Advancement of Developing Economies


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Journal for the Advancement of Developing Economies 2012 Volume 1 Issue 1.



Copyright 2012 JADE.


This paper investigates the relationship between technology and the export performance of small, locally-owned firms in the Jamaican economy. The literature argues that technology is an important variable in influencing the export performance of small firms given its technological ability to generate competitive advantage for the firm. However, the results from empirical studies are not always consistent. To investigate this issue, the paper uses survey data collected through face-to-face interviews of 92 exporters and non-exporters to estimate a logistic regression model of the firm’s export behavior. The results revealed that firm size, is the most critical factor that determines export performance. This result resonates with some aspects of existent literature while not finding resonance with others. The context specific nature of this result is what makes it novel.