Sources of Productivity Growth in Australian Textile and Clothing Firms

28 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2007

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I.K.M. Mokhtarul Wadud

Deakin University - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Wadud, I.K.M. Mokhtarul, Sources of Productivity Growth in Australian Textile and Clothing Firms. Australian Economic Papers, Vol. 46, No. 3, pp. 254-281, September 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1012175 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8454.2007.00318.x

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