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Comparing Productivity Growth: An Exploration of French and U.S. Industrial and Firm Data

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  • Zvi Griliches
  • Jacques Mairesse

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This paper compares and analyzes the growth of productivity in the manufacturing industries and firms in France and the U.S. based on newly assembled comparable data sets in both countries. Three explanations of the recent productivity slowdown are reviewed: shortfall in physical investment, rise in materials prices, and a decline in the intensity or fecundity of R&D investment, and found not to bear on the differences in productivity growth between and within the two countries, either at the industry or the firm levels.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 0961.

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Date of creation: Aug 1982
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Publication status: published as Griliches, Zvi and Jacques Mairesse. "Comparing Productivity Growth: An Exploration of French and U.S. Industrial and Firm Data." European Economic Review, Vol. 21, Vol. 1/2. North Holland Publishing Company. (March/April 1983), pp. 89-119.
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  1. Zvi Griliches & Frank R. Lichtenberg, 1982. "R and D and Productivity at the Industry Level: Is There Still a Relationship?," NBER Working Papers 0850, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Nordhaus, William D., 1982. "Economic policy in the face of declining productivity growth," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 18(2), pages 131-157.
  3. Zvi Griliches, 1979. "Issues in Assessing the Contribution of Research and Development to Productivity Growth," Bell Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 10(1), pages 92-116, Spring.
  4. Zvi Griliches & Jacques Mairesse, 1981. "Productivity and R and D at the Firm Level," NBER Working Papers 0826, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  5. Michael Bruno, 1981. "Raw Materials, Profits, and the Productivity Slowdown (Rev)," NBER Working Papers 0660, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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