Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 15 October 2019

Abstract and Keywords

The abilities of domestic firms to expand their business into high-productivity sectors and the effects of employment in productive industries are regarded as a challenge to Ethiopia’s structural transformation efforts. The experience of the Ethiopian floriculture industry shows that many domestic firms collapsed after an early burst of firm creation. Fifteen remaining firms, with varying capability levels, appear to be struggling to expand their business and to move up the technological ladder. This chapter identifies the major areas where the domestic firms lack capability and the factors that are weakening them, including the high labour turnover prevalent across the sector. The sector has created widespread employment, predominantly for women, but its impact on worker well-being is limited. These factors imply a weak contribution by the sector to the virtuous cycle of investment, productivity, and employment that is needed to expand productive capabilities, reduce poverty, and challenge gender inequality.

Keywords: Ethiopia floriculture, domestic capabilities, women’s employment, poverty, gender, structural transformation

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.