Growth in the East German manufacturing sector mainly due to companies higher competitiveness
Since 1995, the manufacturing sector in East Germany has seen strong growth. This article aims at identifying the reasons for the dynamic development of production in this period. Though one major reason is the expansion of production capacities mainly in growth- and productivity-intensive sectors, an analysis of total factor productivity yields the result that improved competitiveness (presumably in yet existing firms) is even more important. Nevertheless, there are few industries where new establishments seem to play the major role.