De-Monopolization Toward Long-Term Prosperity in China

31 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2012

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Ashvin Ahuja

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Date Written: March 2012


During the past decade, the average Chinese earns roughly 9 times less and is 10 times less productive than the average American at purchasing power parity. Current consensus attributes large differences in output per worker to differences in total factor productivity (TFP). Evidence suggests that most of the US-China TFP differences lie in the inefficiency of China's domestic-oriented service and agricultural sectors. This paper focuses on (1) the evidence of monopoly rights and its influence on work practice improvement at China's firms and plants and (2) the evidence that policy arrangement there has encouraged more competition in merchandise manufacturing and heavy industries while barriers to market access remain high against new firms in the domestic market (especially in services). A numerical experiment is provided, which suggests that China can enhance long-term income per capita by a factor of 10 largely through TFP gains by implementing reform to weaken protection of monopolies and encourage entry in all industries.

Keywords: Aggregate Productivity, Total Factor Productivity, Monopoly Rights, Economic Models, Manufacturing Sector, Markets, Services Sector, Economic Growth And Aggregate Productivity

JEL Classification: O11, O47

Suggested Citation

Ahuja, Ashvin, De-Monopolization Toward Long-Term Prosperity in China (March 2012). IMF Working Paper No. 12/75. Available at SSRN:

Ashvin Ahuja (Contact Author)

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

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