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Structural Change and Europe's Golden Age

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  • Temple, Jonathan

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Most of the countries of Western Europe grew at unprecedented rates from the late 1940s until the early 1970s. Another feature of this period was dramatic structural change, as employment shifted from agriculture to manufacturing and services. This Paper uses growth accounting to measure the direct contribution of structural change to aggregate productivity growth. The conventional accounting framework is extended and then applied to Western Europe and the USA for the period 1950-90. The Paper quantifies the importance of structural change in explaining the Golden Age, the productivity slowdown, and the cross-country variation in post-war growth rates.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 2861.

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Date of creation: Jun 2001
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:2861

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Keywords: growth accounting; labour reallocation; Structural Change;

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