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Dual Economies and International Total Factor Productivity Differences: Channelling the Impact from Institutions, Trade, and Geography

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  • AREENDAM CHANDA
  • CARL-JOHAN DALGAARD

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This paper provides a framework that decomposes aggregate total factor productivity ("TFP") into a component reflecting relative efficiency across sectors, and another component that reflects the absolute level of efficiency. A development accounting analysis suggests that as much as 85% of the international variation in aggregate "TFP" can be attributed to variation in relative efficiency across sectors. Estimation results show that recent findings highlighting the importance of strong protection of property rights, financial development and geographical advantage for the level of "TFP", can be explained by their impact on relative efficiency. Copyright (c) The London School of Economics and Political Science 2008.

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  • Areendam Chanda & Carl-Johan Dalgaard, 2008. "Dual Economies and International Total Factor Productivity Differences: Channelling the Impact from Institutions, Trade, and Geography," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 75(300), pages 629-661, November.
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