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Employment and Total Factor Productivity Convergence

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  • David Greasley
  • Jakob B. Madsen

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Using a new 16-country data set we demonstrate a robust negative employment-total factor productivity trade-off 1870-2004. Widely disparate cross country employment growth had a powerful long term influence on productivity dispersion. Unexceptional US productivity growth principally resulted from her exceptional employment growth rather than from her initially high productivity levels. The negative externalities associated with higher employment are shown to have dominated the diminishing of total factor productivity gaps among the 16 countries, and led to the erosion of US productivity leadership over the twentieth century. Copyright 2006 Blackwell Publishing Ltd..

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Volume (Year): 59 (2006)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
Pages: 527-555

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Handle: RePEc:bla:kyklos:v:59:y:2006:i:4:p:527-555

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  1. Albert van der Horst & Hugo Rojas-Romagosa & Leon Bettendorf, 2009. "Does employment affect productivity?," CPB Discussion Paper 119, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
  2. Blum, Matthias & Hanley, Nicholas & McLaughlin, Eoin, 2013. "Genuine savings and future well-being in Germany, 1850-2000," Stirling Economics Discussion Papers 2013-13, University of Stirling, Division of Economics.

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