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Do economic reforms matter for manufacturing productivity? Evidence from the Indian experience

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Using data on 3-digit industry for 1981–2004, the study examines the association between total factor productivity and economic reforms. We first obtain the industry-level productivity numbers using advanced econometric techniques and thereafter ascertain the time frame over which economic reforms impact productivity. The evidence suggests that productivity growth is not reliably higher after reforms than prior to reforms. At the sectoral level, the interest rate channel and also the financial accelerator and labor market variables play an important role in explaining productivity improvements. At the macroeconomic level, trade policy, foreign direct investment and credit availability are found to be important in accounting for productivity growth.

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  • Ghosh, Saibal, 2013. "Do economic reforms matter for manufacturing productivity? Evidence from the Indian experience," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 31(C), pages 723-733.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecmode:v:31:y:2013:i:c:p:723-733 DOI: 10.1016/j.econmod.2013.01.017
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    Keywords

    Economic reforms; Total factor productivity; Levinsohn–Petrin; Indian manufacturing;

    JEL classification:

    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • L60 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - General
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence

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