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Is there an inflation-productivity trade-off? Some evidence from the manufacturing sector in Greece


  • George Bitros
  • Epaminondas Panas


This paper examines the effect of inflation on total factor productivity growth (TFP), using time-series data for every two digit Greek manufacturing industries. In order to do the above a translog flexible cost function is estimated and used to decompose TFP growth into scale economies, inflation and technical change. The advantage of estimating a very general and flexible cost function is that it allows us, for the first time, to examine empirically a large number of significant relationships between TFP growth and economies of scale, inflation and technical change. The main conclusion drawn from this analysis is that inflation reduces TFP growth in a way, which is sizeable. Furthermore, using standard causality test the direction of causality between inflation and TFP growth was tested at the manufacturing level.

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  • George Bitros & Epaminondas Panas, 2001. "Is there an inflation-productivity trade-off? Some evidence from the manufacturing sector in Greece," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 33(15), pages 1961-1969.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:33:y:2001:i:15:p:1961-1969
    DOI: 10.1080/00036840110043730

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    1. Dimitrios N. KOUMPAROULIS, 2010. "Public capital, employment and productivity: An empirical investigation for Greece," EuroEconomica, Danubius University of Galati, issue 25, pages 18-24, October.
    2. Mahadevan, Renuka & Asafu-Adjaye, John, 2005. "The productivity-inflation nexus: the case of the Australian mining sector," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 27(1), pages 209-224, January.

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