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Services liberalization and productivity of manufacturing firms : evidence from Ukraine, Volume 1
 
Author:Shepotylo, Oleksandr; Vakhitov, Volodymyr; Country:Ukraine;
Date Stored:2012/01/11Document Date:2012/01/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Public Sector Corruption & Anticorruption Measures; Economic Theory & Research; Emerging Markets; E-Business; ICT Policy and Strategies
Language:EnglishRegion:Europe and Central Asia
Report Number:WPS5944Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 5944
Volume No:1  

Summary: This paper brings new evidence on the impact of services liberalization on the performance of manufacturing firms. Using a unique database of Ukrainian firms in 2001-2007, the authors utilize an external push for liberalization in the services sector as a source of exogenous variation to identify the impact of services liberalization on total factor productivity (TFP) of manufacturing firms. The results indicate that a standard deviation increase in services liberalization is associated with a 9 percent increase in TFP. Allowing services liberalization to dynamically influence TFP through the investment channel leads to an even larger effect. The effect is robust to different estimation methods and to different sub-samples of the data. In particular, it is more pronounced for domestic and small firms.

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