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dc.contributor.authorGörzig, Bernden_US
dc.contributor.authorGornig, Martinen_US
dc.contributor.authorVoshage, Ramonaen_US
dc.contributor.authorWerwatz, Axelen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-12-08en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-08-26T11:57:02Z-
dc.date.available2010-08-26T11:57:02Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/39312-
dc.description.abstractAfter 20 years of transition from an economy integrated in an exchange scheme of planned economies towards an open market economy based on the ideas of competition, we ask whether East German firms succeeded in finding their place in the international division of labour. We concentrate on the question, to what extent they have caught up with the productivity level of their Western counterparts of similar size and sector and how this productivity difference is related to changes in their product policy. We analyse these questions with a unique data set provided by Statistics Germany that contains both product policy and productivity information for individual manufacturers from both parts of the country. Using a decomposition approach suggested by Nopo (2008) as a nonparametric extension of the widely-used Oaxaca-Blinder methodology (Blinder 1973; Oaxaca 1973) we find that the time span from 1995-2004 has two component periods: a period of adaptation from 1995 to 2001and a period of branding from 2002 to 2004. The initial period is characterized by a smaller share of Eastern firms that modify their product range and by a large productivity gap of Eastern non-modifiers if compared to Western non-modifiers of comparable size and sector. The evidence for the second period, however, points to a more active and established role of East German manufacturers: more of them alter their product range and step up their productivity performance.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherSFB 649, Economic Risk Berlinen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSFB 649 discussion paper 2009,056en_US
dc.subject.jelL25en_US
dc.subject.jelD24en_US
dc.subject.jelP23en_US
dc.subject.jelC14en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordProductivityen_US
dc.subject.keywordProduct Policyen_US
dc.subject.keywordDecompositionen_US
dc.subject.keywordTransition Economiesen_US
dc.subject.stwProduktpolitiken_US
dc.subject.stwVerarbeitendes Gewerbeen_US
dc.subject.stwProduktivitäten_US
dc.subject.stwWirtschaftliche Anpassungen_US
dc.subject.stwDeutschlanden_US
dc.subject.stwAlte Bundesländeren_US
dc.subject.stwNeue Bundesländeren_US
dc.titleProduct policy and the East-West productivity gapen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn614458099en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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