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Heterogeneity of total factor productivity across Latin American countries: evidence from manufacturing firms

Daniel Kapp () and Alan Sanchez ()
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Daniel Kapp: Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne - Paris School of Economics, https://ideas.repec.org/f/pka677.html

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Abstract: We use a firm production function approach to generate estimates of total factor productivity (TFP) and labor productivity in the manufacturing sector for a group of Latin American countries. We exploit these estimates to study the relative position of countries within this sector and to explore the main correlates of firm productivity. We find that while the exact ranking of average TPF is sensitive to the underlying form of the production function, Chile and Argentina average level of TFP is found to be consistenly above that of other countries, while Bolivia firms always appears at the bottom of the distribution. While other aspects matter, the main factors explaining differences in productivity across firms are related to country-level, not firm-level, characteristics

Keywords: Total factor productivity; multi factor productivity; labor productivity; Latin America (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D24 D22 C23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 28 pages
Date: 2012-02
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