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Productivity versus endowments - a study of Singapore's sectoral growth, 1974-92

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  • Hiau Looi Kee

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Productivity, and the Rybczynski effects of factor endowments, have been highlighted as the two main reasons behind the growth of newly industrializing economies in East Asia. However, empirical studies at the aggregate level, do not find support for these claims. Focusing on Singapore's manufacturing industries, the author estimates the contributions of productivity, and factor endowments to sectoral growth. The results show that both are important. But productivity is more important as a source of growth in the electronics industry, while factor endowments make a larger contribution in other industries.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 2702.

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Date of creation: 30 Nov 2001
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:2702

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Cited by:
  1. Robert Feenstra & Hiau Looi Kee, 2004. "On the Measurement of Product Variety in Trade," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 94(2), pages 145-149, May.
  2. Will Martin, 2002. "Outgrowing Resource Dependence: Theory and Evidence," Working Papers Central Bank of Chile 143, Central Bank of Chile.

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