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Estimating Productivity Dynamics During Institutional Change: An Application To Chinese State Owned Enterprises 1980-1994

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  • Patrick Paul Walsh
  • Peter McGoldrick

    (Department of Economics, Trinity College)

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We estimate the productivity dynamics of 680 industrial Chinese State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) between 1980 and 1994. During this time managerial autonomy over factor markets was introduced. The timing of autonomy varied across SOEs and take-up was an endogenous process: high-productivity SOEs where more likely to take managerial control. We allow for this by adapting an algorithm developed in Olley & Pakes (1996) in order to generate estimates of productivity dynamics that deal with both simultaneity and endogenous selection biases. Apart from offering a methodology to estimate productivity dynamics during endogenous institutional change, we demonstrate that SOEs in China obtained productivity gains from managerial autonomy over factor markets in the years before privatisation.

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Paper provided by Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics in its series Trinity Economics Papers with number tep14.

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