Output growth of the Malaysia’s manufacturing sector – do foreign workers matter?

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of migrant workers on the output growth of 15 sub-industries of the manufacturing sector in Malaysia during the period 1990–2008. The paper seeks to answer the following critical questions: what is the impact of migrant workers on the output growth of the manufacturing sector, the leading sector of Malaysian economy? It is possible that migrant workers with different skill levels may have different impacts on output growth of such sector? Design/methodology/approach: The paper employs three econometric techniques: mean group, dynamic fixed effect and the pooled mean group on extended form for Cobb–Douglas production function. Findings: The overall findings suggest that due to the inflow of low skills of migrant workers, output growth in the manufacturing sectors is likely to witnesses a marginal decline in the long run. Originality/value: The present study complements previous studies by providing a quantitative assessment of the impact of migrant workers on output growth in the manufacturing sector in Malaysia, which is not attempted in extant literature. More importantly, the analysis considers the probability that migrant workers with different skill levels may have different impacts on the growth of output in the manufacturing sector.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)876-895
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Economic Studies
Volume45
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2018

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Manufacturing sector
Malaysia
Migrant workers
Output growth
Workers
Design methodology
Fixed effects
Econometrics
Industry
Production function
Group dynamics

Keywords

  • Foreign workers
  • Manufacturing sector
  • Output growth
  • Technical change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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Output growth of the Malaysia’s manufacturing sector – do foreign workers matter? / Awad, Atif; Yussof, Ishak; Khalid, Norlin.

In: Journal of Economic Studies, Vol. 45, No. 4, 10.09.2018, p. 876-895.

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