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Exports, Returns to Scale, and Total Factor Productivity: The Case of Taiwanese Manufacturing Industries

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  • Amy R. Hwang
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    The paper examines the relevance of international scale economies and international market efficiency of trade based on the firm-level data of Taiwanese manufacturing industries. The author first constructs a simple analytical framework to measure the extent of scale economies and total factor productivity for each firm. The measurements of scale economies and total factor productivity are then used to investigate the relationships among exports, scale economies, and productivity. Significant external scale economies associated with exports and a strong positive relationship between the individual firm's productivity and its own export intensity are observed. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2003.

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    Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Review of Development Economics.

    Volume (Year): 7 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 2 (05)
    Pages: 204-216

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:rdevec:v:7:y:2003:i:2:p:204-216

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    1. Gianmarco I.P. Ottaviano & Christian Volpe Martincus, 2009. "SMEs in Argentina: Who are the Exporters?," KITeS Working Papers 024, KITeS, Centre for Knowledge, Internationalization and Technology Studies, Universita' Bocconi, Milano, Italy, revised Jun 2009.
    2. Bih Jane Liu & An-Chi Tung, 2005. "Export Outsourcing and Foreign Direct Investment: Evidence from Taiwanese Exporting Firms," DEGIT Conference Papers c010_047, DEGIT, Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade.

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