Discussion paper

DP10993 Productivity and Organization in Portuguese Firms

The productivity of firms is, at least partly, determined by a firm's actions and decisions. One of these decisions involves the organization of production in terms of the number of layers of management the firm decides to employ. Using detailed employer-employee matched data and firm production quantity and input data for Portuguese firms, we study the endogenous response of revenue-based and quantity-based productivity to a change in layers: a firm reorganization. We show that as a result of an exogenous demand or productivity shock that makes the firm reorganize and add a management layer, quantity-based productivity increases by about 8%, while revenue-based productivity drops by around 7%. Such a reorganization makes the firm more productive, but also increases the quantity produced to an extent that lowers the price charged by the firm and, as a result, its revenue-based productivity.


Mion, G, E Rossi-Hansberg, L Opromolla and L Caliendo (2015), ‘DP10993 Productivity and Organization in Portuguese Firms‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 10993. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp10993