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Productivity Change over Time and the Dynamics of Cost Competitiveness: A Nonparametric Analysis of U.S. Manufacturing Data

  • Subhash Ray

    (University of Connecticut)

Firms within a state, states within a country, and countries across the world are continuously striving to enhance their competitiveness in the present age of globalization. This paper defines competitiveness of a production unit as the relative cost of production per unit of output. Basic concepts from neoclassical production economics are used to provide a detailed decomposition of cost competitiveness of a firm relative to a rival. It is also shown how changes in efficiency and relative input prices along with technical change affect the evolution of cost competitiveness of a firm over time. State level data from the U.S. Census of Manufacturers from the years 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2007 are used in a empirical application of the proposed methodology using Data Envelopment Analysis. JEL Classification: C61, L25, O14 Key words: Data Envelopment Analysis, Cost Efficiency, Technical Change

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Paper provided by University of Connecticut, Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 2012-39.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2012
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Handle: RePEc:uct:uconnp:2012-39
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  1. Ray, Subhash C. & Chen, Lei & Mukherjee, Kankana, 2008. "Input price variation across locations and a generalized measure of cost efficiency," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 116(2), pages 208-218, December.
  2. E. Grifell-Tatjé & C.A.K. Lovell, 2000. "Cost and productivity," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 21(1), pages 19-30.
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