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International Comparisons of Industry-based Productivity Levels in the Financial and Business Service Sectors

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  • Pamfili Antipa

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  • Marie-Elisabeth de la Serve

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This article attempts to explain the relatively poor productivity growth in four major EU countries (Germany, France, United Kingdom, and Netherlands) relative to the United States. Our study is carried out from a sectoral perspective, focussing on the financial and business services sectors. Instead of examining only sectoral productivity growth rates, we also examine sectoral productivity level gaps. Our results imply that the productivity differential in the business services sector is a major factor behind the US lead in productivity.

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Article provided by Centre for the Study of Living Standards in its journal International Productivity Monitor.

Volume (Year): 19 (2010)
Issue (Month): (Spring)
Pages: 66-81

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Handle: RePEc:sls:ipmsls:v:19:y:2010:5

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Keywords: sectoral productivity; growth rates; level gaps; productivity growth; financial and business services;

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Cited by:
  1. Kox, Henk L.M. & Leeuwen, George van, 2011. "Measuring dynamic market selection by persistent scale inefficiencies - new methodology applied to EU business services," MPRA Paper 34986, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Kox, Henk L.M. & van Leeuwen, George, 2013. "Market selection and scale inefficiency – A new methodology applied to EU business services," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 25(C), pages 77-94.
  3. Kox, Henk L.M. & Leeuwen, George van, 2012. "Dynamic market selection in EU business services," MPRA Paper 41016, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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