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Back on the Rails: Competition and Productivity in State-owned Industry

  • Rohini Somanathan


  • Sanghamitra Das
  • Kala Krishna
  • Sergey Lychagin

The importance of Total Factor Productivity (TFP) in explaining output changes is widely accepted, yet its sources are not well understood. We use a proprietary data set on the floor-level operations at the Bhilai Rail and Structural Mill (RSM) in India to understand the determinants of changes in plant productivity between January 2000 and March 2003. [Working Paper No. 184]

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