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Technical change and total factor productivity growth for Swedish manufacturing and service industries
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Economics. KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Centres, Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, CESIS.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5871-8571
2012 (English)In: Applied Economics, ISSN 0003-6846, E-ISSN 1466-4283, Vol. 44, no 18, 2373-2391 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents alternative specifications of the production functions of a large panel of Swedish firms for the period 1992 to 2000. The period can be characterized as a transition when long-run productivity growth in the Swedish economy improved from being among the weakest to one of the strongest within the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In order to present a detailed exploration of this dramatic change, the time trend and general index models are applied to estimate Total Factor Productivity (TFP) growth, rate of technical change and returns to scale. The models are extended to allow for firm specific as well as time-varying technical change. The parametric TFP measures are also compared with the nonparametric Solow residual, and several hypotheses are tested to explain the growth patterns in the Swedish economy. It is found that the improved growth rate, initially starting in large exporting manufacturing firms, after a deep economic crisis at the beginning of the 1990s, spilled over to the rest of the economy, both manufacturing and services.

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2012. Vol. 44, no 18, 2373-2391 p.
Keyword [en]
technical change, total factor productivity growth, manufacturing, service, enterprise panel data
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-93021DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2011.564147ISI: 000301539000009ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84857703490OAI: diva2:514839
QC 20120411Available from: 2012-04-11 Created: 2012-04-10 Last updated: 2012-04-11Bibliographically approved

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