Services liberalization and productivity of manufacturing firms: Evidence from Ukraine

Oleksandr Shepotylo, Volodymyr Vakhitov

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Employing a unique database of Ukrainian firms in 2001–07, we use the external push for liberalization in the services sector as a source of exogenous variation to identify the effect of services liberalization on total factor productivity (TFP) of manufacturing firms. The results indicate that a standard deviation increase in services liberalization within a firm is associated with a 9.2 percent increase in TFP. The effect is stronger for firms with high productivity, bringing about a reallocation of resources within an industry. Industry‐level results show that the effect of reallocation on industry productivity is almost as strong as the within‐firm effect. The dynamic interaction of services liberalization and TFP through the investment channel reinforces the effect. The effect is robust to different estimation methods and to different sub‐samples of the data. In particular, it is more pronounced for domestic and small firms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-44
JournalEconomics of Transition
Issue number1
Early online date19 Dec 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


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