Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/130772
Authors: 
Ahmed, Riaz
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 16-038
Abstract: 
Does investment in social infrastructure affect the productivity of manufacturing firms in developing countries? To test this question, I empirically investigate the impact of social infrastructure indicators at district level on firm productivity using firm level data from Pakistan. I split my sample into rural and urban regions to capture the effect of regional disparities in investment in social goods while controlling for a potential selection bias from firms' decision to locate in regions with better infrastructure equipment. My findings reveal that indicators of health and education are positively and significantly related to firm level productivity in manufacturing industries in Pakistan. However, these results hold for urban districts only. For rural regions, both health and education show a negative impact on firm productivity.
Subjects: 
Firm Productivity
Social Infrastructure
Health and Education
Pakistan
JEL: 
D24
H51
H52
I15
I25
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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