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Regulatory reforms and productivity performance of the Malaysian mobile telecommunications industry

Mohamad, Noorihsan (2004) Regulatory reforms and productivity performance of the Malaysian mobile telecommunications industry. In: 4th International Symposium of Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA), 5-6th September 2004, Birmingham, United Kingdom.

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Abstract

This paper explores the productivity performance of the Malaysian mobile telecommunications industry in the pre and post-reform environment particularly with the passage of both Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA 1998) and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMCA 1998). Productivity has been measured by the Malmquist index, using a Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) technique. The Malmquist productivity measures are decomposed into two components: technological change and technical efficiency change index. The findings suggest that Total Factor Productivity (TFP) has increased significantly for the whole industry, predominantly in the post-reform period through the establishment of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). Despite the positive productivity development that has taken place, the paper however found that technical progress has been the most important source of productivity growth to Malaysian mobile telecommunications industry. Low technical efficiency in the industry indicates a great potential for the industry to further increase its productivity through higher utilization of technology as well as technological knowledge dispersion. Thus, existing regulatory framework need to be redesigned to complement the productive capacity of technology to further promotes the growth of the Malaysian mobile telecommunications industry.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 3623/9119
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory > HB131 Methodology.Mathematical economics. Quantitative methods
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD72 Economic growth, development, planning
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications > HE9713 Cellular telephone services industry. Wireless telephone industry
T Technology > T Technology (General) > T173.2 Technological change
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Economics
Depositing User: Dr. Noorihsan Mohamad
Date Deposited: 20 May 2013 12:03
Last Modified: 20 May 2013 12:03
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/9119

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