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Technological catch-up to the national and regional frontier: Firm-level evidence for India

Shubin Yang (), Sandra Lancheros and Chris Milner

No 2019-06, Discussion Papers from University of Nottingham, GEP

Abstract: This paper studies productivity convergence to the regional and national frontiers among manufacturing firms in India, using panel data over the period 1999 to 2010. We find evidence of convergence by lagging firms to both their national and regional frontiers, with faster convergence to the national frontier than to their regional frontier. We examine the effects of export behaviour on this process of convergence, and the results demonstrate that exporting promotes productivity growth but slows down the convergence process since export firms tend to be nearer to frontiers. We also investigate the effect of outward FDI (OFDI) on firms’ productivity growth and convergence. Likewise, the results show that OFDI facilitates firms’ productivity growth but decelerates the speed of convergence.

Keywords: Productivity convergence; technology frontiers; globalisation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2019
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