The recent developments in the new growth theory shows the theoretical link between industrial productivity and market mechanism in terms of private agents’ incentives for investing in research and development and human capital accumulation. Several developing economies, such as India, that had implemented policy reforms towards market mechanism have been experiencing high economic growth. This paper brings out the factors that determine micro level firm level productivity in the context of a developing economy that had undertaken the policy reforms towards a freer market. It econometrically tests a few hypotheses on the basis of firm level panel data for a set of Indian industries. One of the strong results of the paper is that firm level outward orientation of exports and imports contributes significantly and positively to firm level productivity. This finding supports one of the propositions of the new growth theory that developing economies benefit significantly with free trade with developed economies through free flow of new ideas and technologies and externalities.
|Place of Publication||Frederiksberg|
|Publisher||Department of International Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
|Series||Working Paper / Department of International Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School|