Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/101263
Authors: 
Thangavelu, Shandre M.
Chongvilaivan, Aekapol
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
ADBI Working Paper Series 434
Abstract: 
Does financial health shore up firm productivity? This paper empirically investigates this question and presents productivity as another driving factor in translating financial development into real economic progress. Our empirical framework employs Levinsohn and Petrin's (2003) semi-parametric estimation of total factor productivity (TFP) using firm-level panel data during 2002 - 2008, and incorporates financial health variables into conventional determinants of firm productivity. Our findings suggest that liquidity and access to external credit boosts firm productivity, with the latter particularly imperative for exporting and/or importing firms. We also present supplementary results regarding economies of scale, high-tech capital accumulation, human capital investment and foreign ownership.
Subjects: 
financial health
total factor productivity
financial development
JEL: 
O16
O25
O53
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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