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Competitiveness of the Polish Manufacturing Sector: Does Government Policy Matter?


This paper investigates an impact of the government policies aimed at the enterprise sector on competitiveness of this sector. The analysis was based on an example of the Polish manufacturing sector and the eight-year period from 1996 to 2003.

The general recommendation is that the competitiveness of the Polish manufacturing sector could be increased by relaxing fiscal burden, further privatization and restructuring of state owned companies. The state aid in a form of subsidies seems to harm both internal and external competitiveness rather than to support them.