On the determinants of total factor productitvity growth: evidence from Spanish manufacturing firms


Castiglionesi, fabio and Ornaghi, Carmine (2011) On the determinants of total factor productitvity growth: evidence from Spanish manufacturing firms. Macroeconomic Dynamics, 1-30. (doi:10.1017/S1365100511000332).

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This paper explores the main determinants of productivity growth. The analysis is performed using Spanish firm-level data. We define a framework where the relative magnitudes of alternative, but not exclusive, sources of technical change are simultaneously estimated. Our main finding is that the average total factor productivity (TFP) growth is fully explained by embodied technical progress (i.e., either new capital goods or human capital). Our results contradict the existence of a positive contribution of economywide neutral technological progress in determining average TFP growth. They also leave little room for large, unpriced effects external to the firm, both at the aggregate and at the industry level. We find evidence of firm-specific learning by doing, short-lived and due to adoption of new processes.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1365-1005 (print)
1469-8056 (electronic)
Keywords: tfp growth, technical change, human capital, learning by doing
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
T Technology > TS Manufactures
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Social Sciences
ePrint ID: 338913
Date Deposited: 17 May 2012 12:11
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:21
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/338913

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