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Productivity and technical change: the case of Taiwan

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  • Rolf Fare
  • Shawna Grosskopf
  • Wen-Fu Lee

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This paper analyses productivity growth in 16 of Taiwan's manufacturing industries during the period 1978-1992. The non-parametric Data Envelopment Analysis approach is used to compute Malmquist productivity indexes. These are decomposed into efficiency change and technical change. The latter is further decomposed into an output bias, an input bias and a magnitude component. In addition, the direction of input bias is identified. Empirical results indicate that the sector's TFP increased at a rate of 2.89% per annum, which could be ascribed to a technical progress (2.56%) and an efficiency improvement (0.33%).

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  • Rolf Fare & Shawna Grosskopf & Wen-Fu Lee, 2001. "Productivity and technical change: the case of Taiwan," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 33(15), pages 1911-1925.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:33:y:2001:i:15:p:1911-1925
    DOI: 10.1080/00036840010018711
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