Title: Economic growth, productivity improvement and its essential factors: based on ZheJiang Province

Authors: Zhu Guiping, Jiang Yanbin

Addresses: School of Business Administration, ZheJiang GongShang University, HangZhou, P.R. China. ' School of Business Administration, ZheJiang GongShang University, HangZhou, P.R. China

Abstract: The paper analyses the productivity of the 29 industries of ZheJiang Province based on the data in the year of 1998 to 2005 by DEA. The productivity of the whole industry fell due to the falling of the technical change index. The analysis of the relationship of productivity and the economy growth and the essential factors of productivity indicates: the investment in fixed assets and productivity improvement are still important motivations of the economy development – although productivity progress may cause a negative effect on the economic growth in the short run, the positive effect is far above the negative effect one year later; pure labour investments are known to hamper the growth of the economy, but the productivity improvement and the fixed assets investment then converse such situation; the average fixed assets have a great meaning to the technical improvement in the short run. The increase of the foreign domestic investment (FDI) plays a negative effect on the technical change. So we suggest improvement in the quality of FDI.

Keywords: Malmquist productivity; data envelopment analysis; DEA; technical change; technical efficiency; China; economic growth; productivity improvement; foreign domestic investment; FDI.

DOI: 10.1504/IJENM.2008.020643

International Journal of Enterprise Network Management, 2008 Vol.2 No.4, pp.418 - 443

Available online: 06 Oct 2008 *

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