Publication: Firm Productivity in Bangladesh Manufacturing Industries
The author studies the determinants of total factor productivity (TFP) for manufacturing firms in Bangladesh using data from a recent survey. She obtains TFP measures by making use of firm-specific deflators for output and inputs. Controlling for industry, location, and year fixed effects, she finds that: (1) firm size and TFP are negatively correlated; (2) firm age and TFP exhibit an inverse-U shaped relationship; (3) TFP improves with the quality of the firm's human capital; (4) global integration improves TFP; (5) firms with research and development activities and quality certifications have higher TFP, while more advanced technologies improve TFP only in the presence of significant absorptive capacity; (6) power supply problems cost firms heavily in terms of TFP losses; and (7) the presence of crime dampens TFP.
“Fernandes, Ana Margarida. 2006. Firm Productivity in Bangladesh Manufacturing Industries. Policy Research Working Paper; No. 3988. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/entities/publication/55c9833f-d054-5029-add4-5a412e9816fd License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”
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