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The Barrier Model of Productivity Growth: South Africa

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  • Torfinn Harding

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    (Statistics Norway and Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

  • Jørn Rattsø

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    (Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

Abstract

The barrier model of productivity growth suggests that individual country productivity is related to the world technology frontier disturbed by national barriers. We offer a country study of the barrier model exploiting the dramatic changes in the linkages to the world economy in South Africa. The productivity growth in the manufacturing sector panel for 1970-2003 covers a period of political and economic turbulence and international sanctions. The econometric analysis uses tariffs as measure of barrier and fixed effects estimation to concentrate inference to time series properties. The model shows how productivity growth can be understood as a combination of world frontier growth and the tariff barrier to international spillovers. The estimates establish a long run relationship where domestic productivity follows the world frontier and with change of the barrier affecting transitional growth.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in its series Working Paper Series with number 4805.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 16 Feb 2005
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Keywords: Barriers to growth; technology spillover; South Africa; total factor productivity; econometric analysis.;

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