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Productivity, Efficiency And Technological Change In European Union Regional Manufacturing: A Data Envelopment Analysis Approach


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Using data envelopment analysis, we calculate indices of total factor productivity (TFP), efficiency and technological change for the manufacturing sectors of 68 European NUTS1 regions over the period 1986-2002. We subsequently examine these indices using exploratory spatial data analysis (ESDA) techniques, before considering tendencies towards convergence in both TFP and technical efficiency levels. While the ESDA reveals significant spatial autocorrelation, the convergence analysis uncovers no tendency for regions with initially lower TFP to catch up with regions with initially higher TFP. However, convergence is found in levels of technical efficiency, although towards a relatively lower average level. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd and The University of Manchester 2006.

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Article provided by University of Manchester in its journal Manchester School.

Volume (Year): 74 (2006)
Issue (Month): 4 (07)
Pages: 500-525

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Handle: RePEc:bla:manchs:v:74:y:2006:i:4:p:500-525

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  1. Ertugrul Deliktas, 2013. "The Analysis of Technical Efficiency and Productivity Growth In The Former Soviet Union Countries For Two Periods," Working Papers, Ege University, Department of Economics 1304, Ege University, Department of Economics.
  2. Mari Maté-Sánchez-Val & Antonia Madrid-Guijarro, 2011. "A spatial efficiency index proposal: an empirical application to SMEs productivity," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, Springer, vol. 47(2), pages 353-371, October.
  3. Tariq Mahmood & Ejaz Ghani & Musleh-ud Din, 2007. "Efficiency of Large Scale Manufacturing in Pakistan : A Production Frontier Approach," Macroeconomics Working Papers 22210, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
  4. Daniel Dujava, 2012. "Causes of Lagging Behind of New Member States of EU: Empirical Analysis by Montgomery Decomposition," Politická ekonomie, University of Economics, Prague, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2012(2), pages 222-244.


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