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Agglomeration and productivity in South Africa: Evidence from firm-level data

Hammed Amusa, Njeri Wabiri and David Fadiran

No wp-2019-93, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: Using comprehensive, anonymized tax administrative data for the 2008-14 period, we examine firm-level productivity in South Africa. Measures of firm-level productivity are included in a spatial autoregressive model that assesses spillovers from total factor productivity originating from agglomeration economies and the spatial diffusion of productivity shocks. We find that across South Africa's firms, intermediate inputs have the highest impact on firm productivity.

Keywords: Agglomeration; Firm productivity; South Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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