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Is the post-reform growth of the Indian manufacturing sector efficiency driven? Empirical evidence from plant-level data

By Sumon Kumar Bhaumik and Subal C. Kumbhakar


It is generally believed that the structural reforms that were introduced in India following the macro-economic crisis of 1991 ushered in competition and forced companies to become more efficient. However, whether the post-1991 growth is an outcome of more efficient use of resources or greater use of factor inputs remains an open empirical question. In this paper, we use plant-level data from 1989-1990 and 2000-2001 to address this question. Our results indicate that while there was an increase in the productivity of factor inputs during the 1990s, most of the growth in value added is explained by growth in the use of factor inputs. We also find that median technical efficiency declined in all but one of the industries between 1989-1990 and 2000-2001, and that change in technical efficiency explains a very small proportion of the change in gross value added.Productivity Growth decomposition Efficiency Manufacturing

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