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Does Foreign Competition Spur Productivity? Evidence From Post WWII U.S. Cement Manufacturing

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  • Shawn Klimek

    (U.S. Census)

  • James Schmitz

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis)

  • Timothy Dunne

    (University of Oklahoma)

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We explore the reasons for the productivity surge. We argue that a large share of the productivity gains resulted from significant changes in management practices at plants.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2010 Meeting Papers with number 805.

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  1. Alberto Salvo, 2010. "Inferring market power under the threat of entry: the case of the Brazilian cement industry," RAND Journal of Economics, RAND Corporation, vol. 41(2), pages 326-350.
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  1. David Berger, 2012. "Countercyclical Restructuring and Jobless Recoveries," 2012 Meeting Papers 1179, Society for Economic Dynamics.

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