Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161546
Authors: 
Trifkovic, Neda
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2016/163
Abstract: 
A rising number of firms from developing countries have adopted voluntary private standards in the last decade. This has become an area of active research, especially in terms of the impact of private standards on trade, organizational performance, and employee outcomes. This paper analyses how standards affect labour productivity of small and medium firms from the food sector in Viet Nam. The results based on a 3-year panel show that the application of private standards improves labour productivity. These gains primarily occur to firms operating above a threshold labour-intensity level. Firms with low labour intensity are not likely to experience gains in labour productivity from standards. This implies that employee compensation increase due to standards is a likely mechanism for labour productivity gains. The results are robust to several specification changes and instrumental variable estimation.
Subjects: 
standards
labour productivity
food
small- and medium-sized enterprises
Viet Nam
JEL: 
L66
D22
J4
J81
O12
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-207-6
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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