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"Russian choice" of a high-tech partner

Vol. 15, Iss. 4, APRIL 2019

Received: 7 November 2018

Received in revised form: 29 November 2018

Accepted: 18 December 2018

Available online: 15 April 2019


JEL Classification: O11, O14, O30, O40, O47

Pages: 710–728

Smirnov V.V. I.N. Ulianov Chuvash State University (Chuv SU), Cheboksary, Chuvash Republic, Russian Federation

Mulendeeva A.V. I.N. Ulianov Chuvash State University (Chuv SU), Cheboksary, Chuvash Republic, Russian Federation

Subject The article addresses competitiveness and high technologies of large countries, i.e. Russia, India, China and the USA. It analyzes indicators of competitiveness, development of information and communication technologies, technological effectiveness of the economies of the said countries.
Objectives The aim is to identify the optimal high-tech partner for Russia, using these indicators.
Methods The study draws on the systems approach, and applies methods of statistical analysis.
Results The study shows that information and communication technologies are the basis for high-tech industries development and economic output increase. We unveil weak positions of India and China in the use of information and communication technologies even compared to Russia. The metrics of economic performance indicate that countries with low income will develop on the basis of progressive industrialization through attracting unskilled labor.
Conclusions and Relevance The best high-tech partner for Russia, India and China is the USA. In the face of increased competition in the world market caused by sanctions, Russia is forced to explore the Chinese markets. In terms of leadership components, China is not a fully significant partner for Russia. China and India cannot maintain an adequate status of a ‘high-tech partner’, they are more dependent on the United States than Russia.

Keywords: high-tech partner, Global Competitiveness Index, industrial revolution, information and communication technologies, economic output


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