Sources of productivity growth in Australian textile and clothing firms

Wadud, Mokhtarul 2005, Sources of productivity growth in Australian textile and clothing firms, in ACE 05 : Proceedings of the Australian conference of economists 2005, Blackwell, Carlton, Vic., pp. 1-28.

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Title Sources of productivity growth in Australian textile and clothing firms
Author(s) Wadud, Mokhtarul
Conference name Australian Conference of Economists (34th : 2005: Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location University of Melbourne, Melbourne
Conference dates 26-28 September 2005
Title of proceedings ACE 05 : Proceedings of the Australian conference of economists 2005
Editor(s) Dixon, Robert
Publication date 2005
Conference series Australian Conference of Economists
Start page 1
End page 28
Publisher Blackwell
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Keyword(s) total factor productivity growth (TFPG)
technical efficiency growth (TEG)
textile & clothing firms (Australia)
Summary This paper estimates the sources of productivity growth in Australian textile and clothing firms based on the Business Longitudinal Survey (BLS) from 1995 to 1998. Productivity growth estimates have been obtained for each sub-category of textile and clothing firms. Sources of growth in multifactor productivity (MFP) are examined with growth in technical efficiency and scale effects based on estimates of stochastic frontier production functions. Separate estimates of output growth have been compared with the productivity growth estimates for each of the product categories. MFP improved in all clothing firms and declined in textile firms over 1997–1998 by four-digit level of Australia New Zealand Standard Industrial classification Scheme (ANZSIC). MFP declined in most major categories of both textile and clothing firms in 1995–1997. Changes in technical efficiency mostly dominated scale effects in the overall direction of MFPG in both textile and clothing firms. The findings of the study provide evidence for policies for improving the firms' operative performance in the ongoing liberalised regime.
ISBN 0734026080
9780734026088
Language eng
Field of Research 140299 Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005659

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
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