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Firm dynamics in the Cambodian garment industry: firm turnover, productivity growth, and wage profile under trade liberalization

  • Asuyama, Yoko
  • Chhun, Dalin
  • Fukunishi, Takahiro
  • Neou, Seiha
  • Yamagata, Tatsufumi

The international garment trade was liberalized in 2005 following the termination of the MFA (Multifibre Arrangement) and ever since then, price competition has intensified. Employing a unique firm dataset collected by the authors, this paper examines the changes in the performance of Cambodian garment firms between 2002/03 and 2008/09. During the period concerned, frequent firm turnover led to an improvement of the industry’s productivity, and the study found that the average total-factor productivity (TFP) of new entrants was substantially higher than that of exiting firms. Furthermore, we observed that thanks to productivity growth, an improvement in workers’ welfare, including a rise in the relative wages of the low-skilled, was taking place. These industrial dynamics differ considerably from those indicated by the “race to the bottom†argument as applied to labor-intensive industrialization in low income countries.

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Date of creation: Dec 2010
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Publication status: Published in IDE Discussion Paper. No. 268. 2010.12
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