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Comparing the Efficiency and Productivity of the Indian Pharmaceutical Firms: A Malmquist-Meta-Frontier Approach

  • Mainak Mazumdar

    (Centre for Economic Studies and Policy, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India)

  • Meenakshi Rajeev

    (Centre for Economic Studies and Policy, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India)

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    This paper examines the technical efficiency, technological gap ratio, and productivity change of Indian pharmaceutical firms across different groups. The groups are formed based on size, strategies, and product varieties. The analysis indicates that vertically integrated firms that produce both bulk drug and formulation exhibit higher technological innovation and efficiency. However, in contrast with popular belief, the analysis reveals that increased export earnings do not necessarily lead to higher efficiency.

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    Volume (Year): 8 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 2 (August)
    Pages: 159-181

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