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Reallocation, Firm Turnover, and Efficiency: Selection on Productivity or Profitability?

Lucia Foster (), John Haltiwanger and Chad Syverson

American Economic Review, 2008, vol. 98, issue 1, 394-425

Abstract: We investigate the nature of selection and productivity growth in industries where we observe producer-level quantities and prices separately. We show there are important differences between revenue and physical productivity. Because physical productivity is inversely correlated with price while revenue productivity is positively correlated with price, previous work linking (revenue- based) productivity to survival confounded the separate and opposing effects of technical efficiency and demand on survival, understating the true impacts of both. Further, we find that young producers charge lower prices than incumbents. Thus the literature understates new producers' productivity advantages and entry's contribution to aggregate productivity growth. (JEL D24, L11, L25)

JEL-codes: D24 L11 L25 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.98.1.394
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