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Philippine Productivity Performance in the 1990s: An Assessment


  • Austria, Myrna S.


This paper examines the total factor productivity performance (TFP) of the Philippines in the 1990s in order to provide a picture of the extent of the productivity concern that needs to be addressed in the Medium-Term National Action Agenda for Productivity, 2000-2004. The findings show that while the average TFP growth of the country has improved in the 1990s, it has nonetheless remained negative, a big contrast to the favorable productivity performance of the other ASEAN-Four. Positive productivity performance, however, has been registered during the trade liberalization period of 1986-1996. Among the different sectors, only mining, manufacturing and utilities registered positive TFP performance. Key issues and research gaps that need to be addressed were also identified.

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  • Austria, Myrna S., 2000. "Philippine Productivity Performance in the 1990s: An Assessment," Discussion Papers DP 2000-28, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:phd:dpaper:dp_2000-28

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    1. Austria, Myrna S., 1998. "Productivity Growth in the Philippines After the Industrial Reforms," Discussion Papers DP 1998-26, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
    2. Cororaton, Caesar B. & Abdula, Rahimaisa, 1999. "Productivity of Philippine Manufacturing," Discussion Papers DP 1999-21, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
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    productivity; trade liberalization;


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