Title: Resource misallocation in Thai manufacturing industries between 1996 and 2011

Authors: Siwapong Dheera-aumpon

Addresses: Department of Economics, Kasetsart University, Bangkok 10900, Thailand

Abstract: This paper uses plant-level data from Thailand censuses to study the extent of resource misallocation across plants within the same industry and its effect on aggregate productivity in Thai manufacturing sector between 1996 and 2011. The findings indicate that resource misallocation in Thai manufacturing industries has not been improved but worsened. If resource misallocation is reduced to the level observed in the USA, aggregate manufacturing productivity would increase by about 64% in 1996, 73% in 2006, and 83% in 2011. The automotive industry greatly contributes to this productivity gain in recent years.

Keywords: misallocation; distortion; manufacturing; productivity; total factor productivity; TFP; Thai; Thailand.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEPEE.2018.094517

International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies, 2018 Vol.11 No.4, pp.306 - 311

Available online: 28 Aug 2018 *

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