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Micro-Heterogeneity and Aggregate Productivity Development in the German Manufacturing Sector - Results from a Decomposition Exercise

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  • Uwe Cantner

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    (University of Jena, Faculty of Economics)

  • Jens J. Krüger

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    (University of Jena, Faculty of Economics)

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In this paper different formulae for the decomposition of aggregate productivity levels and changes are applied to a sample of German manufacturing firms that pertain to 11 different industries at a roughly two-digit level observed over the period 1981-1998. Productivity is measured by a nonparametric frontier function approach. The decompositions of productivity allow for an explanation of the aggregate outcomes by the quantification of the effect of structural change as well as the contributions from entering and exiting firms. Our results show that these forces drive aggregate productivity dynamics to a considerable extent. Especially the period after the German reunification is characterized by large productivity improvements, mostly driven by structural change.

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Paper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät in its series Jenaer Schriften zur Wirtschaftswissenschaft with number 02/2006.

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  1. Uwe Cantner & Jens Kruger & Kristina von Rhein, 2011. "Knowledge compensation in the German automobile industry," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 43(22), pages 2941-2951.
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  3. Uwe Cantner & Kristina Dre�ler & Jens J. Kr�ger, 2005. "Knowledge and Creative Destruction over the Industry Life Cycle - The Case of the German Automobile Industry," Jenaer Schriften zur Wirtschaftswissenschaft 05/2005, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.
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  1. Carlos Carreira & Paulino Teixeira, 2010. "Does Schumpeterian Creative Destruction Lead to Higher Productivity? The effects of firms’ entry," GEMF Working Papers 2010-20, GEMF - Faculdade de Economia, Universidade de Coimbra.

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