Misallocation and productivity: The case of Vietnamese manufacturing

Doan Thi Thanh Ha, Kozo Kiyota, Kenta Yamanouchi

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This paper attempts to measure the effect of resource misallocation on aggregate manufacturing total factor productivity, focusing on Vietnamese manufacturing firms during the period 2000–2009. One of the major findings of this paper is that there would have been substantial improvement in aggregate total factor productivity in Viet Nam in the absence of distortions. The results imply that potential productivity gains from removing distortions in Vietnamese manufacturing are large. We also find that smaller firms tend to face advantageous distortions, while larger firms tend to face disadvantageous ones. Moreover, the efficient size distribution is more dispersed than the actual size distribution. These results suggest that Viet Nam’s policies may constrain its largest and most efficient producers, and coddle its smallest and least efficient ones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-118
Number of pages25
JournalAsian Development Review
Issue number2Special Issue
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Sept


  • Misallocation
  • Total factor productivity
  • Viet Nam

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development


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