Technical efficiency in the Vietnamese manufacturing sector

Pham, Hung T, Dao, Thanh L and Reilly, Barry (2010) Technical efficiency in the Vietnamese manufacturing sector. Journal of International Development, 22 (4). pp. 503-520. ISSN 0954-1748

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Abstract

The manufacturing sector has developed into the Vietnamese economy's most important sector on the basis of its contribution to export and GDP growth over the past decade. The doi moi reform process transformed Vietnam's manufacturing activity from a state-dominated sector to a vibrant one containing important roles for both newly created domestic and foreign-invested private firms. This paper employs a stochastic frontier estimation approach, in conjunction with data drawn from the Vietnam Enterprise Survey for 2003, to estimate and inform the determinants of technical efficiency in the manufacturing sector. The empirical results reveal that an average manufacturing enterprise is operating at nearly 62 per cent of its technically efficient frontier with an estimated standard deviation of around 16 per cent. The study provides empirical evidence of a positive relationship between technical efficiency, export orientation and several measures of trade openness.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Depositing User: Le Thanh Dao
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:18
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2012 12:52
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/19980
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