Working Paper 2013/01

Misallocation and the recovery of manufacturing TFP after a financial crisis

By Kaiji Chen and Alfonso Irarrazabal

The Chilean economy experienced a decade of sustained growth in aggregate out-put and productivity after the 1982 .nancial crisis. This paper analyzes the effects of resource misallocation on total factor productivity (TFP) of the manufacturing sector by applying the methodology of Hsieh and Klenow (2009) to the establishment data from the Chilean manufacturing census. We find that a reduction in resource misallocation accounts for about 46 percent of the growth in manufacturing TFP between 1983 and 1996. The improvement in allocative effciency, moreover, is essentially driven by a reduction in the cross-sectional dispersion of output distortion. In particular, a reduction in the least productive plants.output subsidies is the most important reason for the reduction in resource misallocation during this period.

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