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Market Imperfection and Productivity Growth—Alternative Estimates for Taiwan

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  • Chia-hung Sun

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    This study first explores why the shares of factor inputs have not been measured correctly and concludes that the earlier findings are biased due to the miscalculation of factor shares which have produced low estimated total factor productivity (TFP) growth in the East Asian countries. Second, three approaches are proposed to empirically illustrate the impact of capital and labor shares on the estimates of TFP growth. It is suggested that TFP growth in the East Asian economies will be understated if net indirect taxes and imperfect competition profit are ignored. Finally, by taking the net indirect taxes and imperfect competition profits into account, the result of this paper indicates that Taiwan's economy has enjoyed an average annual TFP growth rate of 3.6% over the period 1980–1999. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Productivity Analysis.

    Volume (Year): 22 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 1 (July)
    Pages: 5-27

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:jproda:v:22:y:2004:i:1:p:5-27
    DOI: 10.1023/B:PROD.0000034689.54305.bc
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