Industrial diversification and its impact on productivity growth in Taiwan's electronics industry

Show Ling Jang, Ming-Hung Weng, Yanzhi Wang

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Abstract

The present study attempts to link plant-level production diversification to productivity growth in Taiwan's electronics industry. An account of the role of the Taiwanese government over the last 2 decades leading to the take-off of its electronics industry is briefly discussed. We reviewed production activities of more than 20 000 Taiwanese electronics plants during the period 1992-1999. In an inter-industry comparison, we find that at the four-digit and seven-digit industry levels, Taiwanese electronics production plants exhibit a significantly higher degree of product diversification than plants in the manufacturing sector as a whole. Econometric results positively identify diversification as a source of significant productivity growth across all electronics plants classified in the related industry groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-443
Number of pages21
JournalAsian Economic Journal
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development

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