Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/211314
Authors: 
Amusa, Hammed Adedeji
Wabiri, Njeri
Fadiran, David Oluwatosin
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2019/93
Abstract: 
Using comprehensive, anonymized tax administrative data for the 2008-14 period, we examine firm-level productivity in South Africa. Measures of firm-level productivity are included in a spatial autoregressive model that assesses spillovers from total factor productivity originating from agglomeration economies and the spatial diffusion of productivity shocks. We find that across South Africa's firms, intermediate inputs have the highest impact on firm productivity. The results from the spatial analysis indicate that for a firm in a particular region, its clustering with other firms, having increased market power, and an extended length of stay in a particular region have a greater impact on productivity than do market conditions and firm-specific characteristics associated with firms located in neighbouring regions or municipalities.
Subjects: 
agglomeration
productivity
South Africa
JEL: 
C23
D24
R11
R12
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-729-3
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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