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Productivity in endowments : sectoral evidence for Hong Kong's aggregate growth, Volume 1
Author:Hiau Looi Kee; Country:Hong Kong SAR, China;
Date Stored:2002/10/25Document Date:2002/09/30
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Environmental Economics & Policies; Industrial Management; Water and Industry; Economic Theory & Research; Banks & Banking Reform; Economic Growth
Language:EnglishRegion:East Asia and Pacific
Report Number:WPS2892Sub Sectors:General finance sector
Collection Title:Policy, Research working paper series ; no. WPS 2892Volume No:1

Summary: The author provides sectoral evidence that sheds new light on the current debate regarding the sources of growth of the East Asian miracle. The author tests both the productivity-driven and endowment-driven hypotheses using Hong Kong's sectoral data. The results show that most of the growth in the services sector is driven by the rapidly accumulating capital endowments, and not by productivity growth. In addition, productivity growth in the manufacturing sector is also unimpressive. The manufacturing sector is more labor intensive and its growth is hindered by the reallocation of resources into the services sector as a result of the growth of capital endowments and imports. Overall, sectoral evidence supports the endowment-driven hypothesis for Hong Kong's aggregate growth.

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