Regional distortions in resources allocation and manufactures productivity in Mexico
Keywords:non-aggregative growth theory, resource misallocation, total factor productivity, regional development
This paper decomposes the regional effects of resource misallocation on aggregate total factor productivity (TFP), as a variant of the Hsieh and Klenow (2009a) model. Using establishment level data from the 2004 Mexican Economic Census, I calculate the potential regional TFP gains in Manufacturing. The results suggest that: (i) capital misallocation is the primary source of regional misallocation in the sector; and (ii) resource misallocation within regions is the most important component in manufacturing TFP gains.