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The Analysis of Technical Efficiency and Productivity Growth In The Former Soviet Union Countries For Two Periods

Ertugrul Deliktas ()
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Ertugrul Deliktas: Department of Economics, Ege University

No 1304, Working Papers from Ege University, Department of Economics

Abstract: This study measures economic performances of the 15 transition economies for two periods: The Soviet Union period and transition period. These periods include data of countries for 1970-1989 and 1991-2005. It is known that centrally planned economies are mainly criticized for widespread economic inefficiency and low total factor productivity. Thus, in order to see how the efficiency levels and productivity growth of the former Soviet union countries have changed during the transition or market-based period, we analyze two periods by using Data Envelopment Analysis. The results of analysis indicate that, on average, technical efficiency has slightly increased, however, total factor productivity decreased due to technical regress over the transition period when compared to the era of Soviet union for 15 countries.

Keywords: technical efficiency; total factor productivity; transition countries; Soviet union countries; data envelopment analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 20 pages
Date: 2013-05
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