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The Productivity Paradox: Evidence from Indirect Indicators of Service Sector Productivity Growth

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  • Wolff, Edward N.

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Whereas difficulties in measuring the output of service sectors have been well documented, input measures are reasonably accurate. Using U.S. input-output data for the period 1958-87 and a number of indices of skill and occupational change derived from the Dictionary of Occupational Titles and decennial census data covering the period 1960-1990, I find strong evidenec that among all industries in the economy industry productivity growth is positively related to R&D intensity and knowledge spillovers from other industries but negatively related to major restructuring of technology.

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Paper provided by C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics, New York University in its series Working Papers with number 97-39.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: 1997
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Handle: RePEc:cvs:starer:97-39

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Keywords: RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ; INPUT-OUTPUT ; PRODUCTIVITY ; SERVICE INDUSTRY;

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