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Exports and Firm-Level Efficiency in African Manufacturing

  • Bigsten, A.
  • Collier, P.
  • Dercon, S.

In this paper, we use firm-level panel data for the manufacturing sector in four African countries, to estimate the effect of exporting on efficiency. Measures of firm-level efficiency using stochastic production frontier models are constructed for the period 1992 to 1995.

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Paper provided by Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Montreal- in its series Papers with number 2000-04.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:fth:etcomo:2000-04
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