Productivity, Efficiency and Technological Change in European Union Regional Manufacturing: A Data Envelopment Analysis Approach

26 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2006

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Alvaro Angeriz

University of Cambridge - Department of Applied Economics

John McCombie

University of Cambridge - Department of Land Economy

Mark Roberts

University of Cambridge - Department of History & Philosophy of Science

Abstract

Using data envelopment analysis, we calculate indices of total factor productivity (TFP), efficiency and technological change for the manufacturing sectors of 68 European NUTS1 regions over the period 1986-2002. We subsequently examine these indices using exploratory spatial data analysis (ESDA) techniques, before considering tendencies towards convergence in both TFP and technical efficiency levels. While the ESDA reveals significant spatial autocorrelation, the convergence analysis uncovers no tendency for regions with initially lower TFP to catch up with regions with initially higher TFP. However, convergence is found in levels of technical efficiency, although towards a relatively lower average level.

Suggested Citation

Angeriz, Alvaro and McCombie, John S. L. and Roberts, Mark, Productivity, Efficiency and Technological Change in European Union Regional Manufacturing: A Data Envelopment Analysis Approach. Manchester School, Vol. 74, No. 4, pp. 500-525, July 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=908706 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9957.2006.00506.x

Alvaro Angeriz (Contact Author)

University of Cambridge - Department of Applied Economics ( email )

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John S. L. McCombie

University of Cambridge - Department of Land Economy ( email )

19 Silver Street
Cambridge, CB3 9EP
United Kingdom

Mark Roberts

University of Cambridge - Department of History & Philosophy of Science ( email )

King's Parade
Cambridge, CB2 1TN
United Kingdom

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