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Productivity Performance of Singapore’s Retail Sector: A Two-Stage Non-Parametric Approach

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  • Boon Lee

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    (School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology, GPO Box 2434, Brisbane, QLD, 4001, Australia)

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This paper seeks to identify and quantify sources of the lagging productivity in Singapore’s retail sector as reported in the Economic Strategies Committee 2010 report. A two-stage analysis is adopted. In the first stage, the Malmquist productivity index is employed which provides measures of productivity change, technological change and efficiency change. In the second stage, technical efficiency estimates are regressed against explanatory variables based on a truncated regression model. Sources of technical efficiency were attributed to quality of workers while product assortment and competition negatively impacted on efficiency.

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Article provided by Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Economics and Finance in its journal Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP).

Volume (Year): 43 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 67-78

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Keywords: Total-factor productivity; efficiency change; technological change; Malmquist productivity index; Singapore retail; truncated regression.;

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