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Competition, Productivity and Competitiveness: Theory, Evidence, and an Agenda for Cyprus

Sofronis Clerides

Cyprus Economic Policy Review, 2012, vol. 6, issue 2, 81-88

Abstract: Structural reform programs often emphasize the importance of enhancing product market competition as a means of boosting productivity. Measures to that effect include trade liberalization; removal of entry barriers and market liberalization; privatizations; and an enhanced role for competition authorities. The article examines the theoretical link between competition and productivity and reviews the historical evidence on the effectiveness of competition-enhancing measures in improving productivity and boosting economic growth. It concludes by describing an agenda for structural reform for the Cypriot economy.

Keywords: Structural reform; productivity; competitiveness; Cyprus. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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