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Does Foreign Competition Spur Productivity? Evidence From Post WWII U.S. Cement Manufacturing

  • Shawn Klimek

    (U.S. Census)

  • James Schmitz

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis)

  • Timothy Dunne

    (University of Oklahoma)

We explore the reasons for the productivity surge. We argue that a large share of the productivity gains resulted from significant changes in management practices at plants.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2010 Meeting Papers with number 805.

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