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Multifactor Productivity And Sources of Growth In Chinese Industry: 1980-85

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  • Sang V Nguyen
  • Robert H Mcguckin
  • Charles A Waite
  • Jeffrey R Taylor

This paper examines the economic performance of the Chinese industrial sector in the post-reform period 1980-1985. A multifactor productivity model is used to isolate the contributions of labor, capital, and technical efficiency to growth in industrial output. Using information from the National Industrial Census of China (1988) for large and medium-size enterprises, we find that growth in industrial labor productivity in the post-reform period is attributable to increases in capital intensity not technical efficiency. Moreover, collective and other nonstate enterprises show higher partial labor and multifactor productivity gains than do state enterprises. We also find that multifactor productivity gains are closely tied to increases in retained profits and the proportion of total employees that are technical workers. Surprisingly, labor bonuses have a near zero or negative effect on multifactor productivity growth although this result is not very robust.

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Paper provided by Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau in its series Working Papers with number 89-8.

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Date of creation: Oct 1989
Handle: RePEc:cen:wpaper:89-8
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