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Title: Has China’s fast industrial growth been efficient? An industry-level investigation with a newly constructed data set
Authors: Wu, HX
Shea, EYP 
Shiu, A 
Keywords: Economic transition in China
Malmquist indices
Technical efficiency (TE)
Technical progress (TP)
Total factor productivity (TFP)
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Routledge
Source: Applied economics, 2015, v. 47, no. 40, p. 4275-4298 How to cite?
Journal: Applied Economics 
Abstract: We adopt contemporaneous, nonradial and variable returns to scale assumptions in a data envelopment analysis (DEA) exercise to address the inefficiency problem in Chinese industries in different policy regimes using a newly constructed data set for 24 Chinese manufacturing industries in 1952–2008. While confirming that the central planning period was indeed a ‘graveyard’ for productivity that entailed severe technical regress and efficiency losses, we do not find a steady improvement in efficiency during the reform period despite strong technical progress. We argue that the resurgent prominence of the government and the state sector since the late 1990s, especially following China’s World Trade Organization accession, has obstructed the efficiency improvement.
ISSN: 0003-6846
DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2015.1026589
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