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Trade, Technology, and Plant Performance

  • J. Bradford Jensen

    (Bureau of the Census,Economics, Statistics Administration,Department of Commerce)

  • Nathan Musick

    (Office of Policy Development,Economics and Statistics Administration,Department of Commerce)

Previous research shows that both exporting and the use of advanced technologies independently enhance the performance of U.S. manufacturing plants in a variety of ways. The research presented below shows that plants that both export and use advanced technology outperform other plants in a number of important ways: they increase their employment more rapidly, they pay higher wages, and they are less likely to fail. The research also shows that manufacturing plants that use advanced technologies are more likely to export.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Industrial Organization with number 9603004.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 12 Mar 1996
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpio:9603004
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  1. Dunne, Timothy & Schmitz, James A, Jr, 1995. "Wages, Employment Structure and Employer Size-Wage Premia: Their Relationship to Advanced-Technology Usage at US Manufacturing Establishments," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 62(245), pages 89-107, February.
  2. Doms, Mark & Dunne, Timothy & Roberts, Mark J., 1995. "The role of technology use in the survival and growth of manufacturing plants," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 13(4), pages 523-542, December.
  3. Robert H Mcguckin & Mary L Streitwieser & Mark E Doms, 1996. "The Effect Of Technology Use On Productivity Growth," Working Papers 96-2, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau.
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