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Sectoral TFP developments in the OECD

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  • Willemien Kets
  • Arjan Lejour

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This note describes the sectoral total factor productivity (TFP) developments in the OECD between 1970-1990. Based on the ISDB data of the OECD, we confirm the stylised fact that TFP growth is relatively high in agriculture and relatively low in services. Within manufacturing, the TFP growth in chemicals and in capital goods is high whereas it is low in food processing, paper and publishing and metals. The TFP growth in services sectors like construction, financial services and other (government) services seems to be zero or even negative, while it is relatively high in transport and communication. These sectoral pictures are not universal. Differences between countries are rather large. Also, the TFP growth per year appears to be non constant over time. We use the results from this study in our dynamic CGE model WorldScan to model differences in productivity growth between the sectors. In particular, we employ this mechanism in the European long term scenarios.

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Paper provided by CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis in its series CPB Memorandum with number 58.

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Date of creation: Mar 2003
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Handle: RePEc:cpb:memodm:58

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  1. Bos, Frits, 2009. "The National Accounts as a Tool for Analysis and Policy; History, Economic Theory and Data Compilation Issues," MPRA Paper 23582, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Arjan Lejour & Paul Veenendaal & Gerard Verweij & Nico van Leeuwen, 2006. "Worldscan; a model for international economic policy analysis," CPB Document 111, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.

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