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Resource allocation and productivity across provinces in China

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  • Bin, Peng
  • Chen, Xiaolan
  • Fracasso, Andrea
  • Tomasi, Chiara

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The rapid economic development in China has been characterized by levels of productivity very heterogeneous across local areas. This work investigates a previously unexplored aspect of such heterogeneity by assessing the degree of within-industry allocative efficiency across provinces over the period 1998–2007. Using firm-level data on the Chinese manufacturing firms, we measure resource misallocation by computing the within-industry covariance between size and productivity at the provincial level. The results suggest that allocative efficiency varies considerably across areas and that some place-based factors strongly influence the distribution of resources across firms.

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  • Bin, Peng & Chen, Xiaolan & Fracasso, Andrea & Tomasi, Chiara, 2018. "Resource allocation and productivity across provinces in China," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 57(C), pages 103-113.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:reveco:v:57:y:2018:i:c:p:103-113
    DOI: 10.1016/j.iref.2018.02.015
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    Allocative efficiency; Resource allocation; Regional disparities; China;
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    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance
    • 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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