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Article: What You Import Matters for Productivity Growth: Experience from Chinese Manufacturing Firms

TitleWhat You Import Matters for Productivity Growth: Experience from Chinese Manufacturing Firms
Authors
KeywordsProductivity
Imported inputs
Capital goods
Intermediate goods
R&D
Issue Date2021
PublisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/devec
Citation
Journal of Development Economics, 2021, v. 152, p. article no. 102677 How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper investigates the distinct effects of capital and intermediates imports on firms' productivity growth, and quantifies the importance of tariff structure in trade liberalization in developing countries. Using a large panel of Chinese manufacturing firms, we demonstrate that capital import has a substantially larger productivity effect than intermediates import. On the one hand, while both types of imports exert immediate effects on productivity, only capital import has dynamic productivity effects. On the other hand, we identify significant R&D-capital synergy effect and R&D-inducing effect from capital import, but there is no clear evidence of these effects from intermediates import. Regarding the effects of China's input tariff liberalization following its WTO accession, the change in tariff structure explains 18 percent of the productivity gains.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/300870
ISSN
2020 Impact Factor: 3.875
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 2.840

 

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dc.contributor.authorMo, J-
dc.contributor.authorQiu, LD-
dc.contributor.authorZhang, H-
dc.contributor.authorDong, X-
dc.date.accessioned2021-07-06T03:11:21Z-
dc.date.available2021-07-06T03:11:21Z-
dc.date.issued2021-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Development Economics, 2021, v. 152, p. article no. 102677-
dc.identifier.issn0304-3878-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/300870-
dc.description.abstractThis paper investigates the distinct effects of capital and intermediates imports on firms' productivity growth, and quantifies the importance of tariff structure in trade liberalization in developing countries. Using a large panel of Chinese manufacturing firms, we demonstrate that capital import has a substantially larger productivity effect than intermediates import. On the one hand, while both types of imports exert immediate effects on productivity, only capital import has dynamic productivity effects. On the other hand, we identify significant R&D-capital synergy effect and R&D-inducing effect from capital import, but there is no clear evidence of these effects from intermediates import. Regarding the effects of China's input tariff liberalization following its WTO accession, the change in tariff structure explains 18 percent of the productivity gains.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/devec-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Development Economics-
dc.subjectProductivity-
dc.subjectImported inputs-
dc.subjectCapital goods-
dc.subjectIntermediate goods-
dc.subjectR&D-
dc.titleWhat You Import Matters for Productivity Growth: Experience from Chinese Manufacturing Firms-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailZhang, H: hszhang@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityZhang, H=rp01776-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jdeveco.2021.102677-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-85108878459-
dc.identifier.hkuros323275-
dc.identifier.volume152-
dc.identifier.spagearticle no. 102677-
dc.identifier.epagearticle no. 102677-
dc.publisher.placeNetherlands-

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