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Total factor productivity growth in Singapore's manufacturing industries

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This paper contributes to the debate concerning the sources of growth of newly industrializing East Asian economies, of which Singapore is an example. We first of all measure Total Factor Productivity (TFP) growth from industry level data for Singapore over a time series, and then regress the estimates to a list of variables. The TFP growth is estimated to be around 2-3% per annum over the last ten years, somewhat higher than previous estimates but remains a small fraction of the actual GDP growth. The variables found to have significant influence on TFP growth include foreign ownership, export orientation, and remuneration per employee. The result also suggests that Singapore has not gained much from learning-by-doing.

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  • H. M. Leung, 1997. "Total factor productivity growth in Singapore's manufacturing industries," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 4(8), pages 525-528.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:4:y:1997:i:8:p:525-528 DOI: 10.1080/758536639
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    1. Bloch, Harry & Tang, Sam Hak Kan, 2007. "The effects of exports, technical change and markup on total factor productivity growth: Evidence from Singapore's electronics industry," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 96(1), pages 58-63, July.
    2. Mahadevan, Renuka & Suardi, Sandy, 2011. "The effects of uncertainty dynamics on exports, imports and productivity growth," Journal of Asian Economics, Elsevier, pages 174-188.
    3. Dolage, D.A.R. & Sade, Abu Bakar & Ahmed, Elsadig Musa, 2010. "The influence of Flexible Manufacturing Technology adoption on productivity of Malaysian manufacturing industry," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 27(1), pages 395-403, January.
    4. Oluremi Ogun, 2015. "A Fundamental-based Approach to Productivity Growth," Atlantic Economic Journal, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, pages 383-392.
    5. Chia-Hung Sun, 2005. "Productivity growth in East Asian manufacturing: a fading miracle or measurement problem?," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 17(1), pages 1-19.

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