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Productivity convergence in OECD manufacturing industries

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  • Carree, M. A.
  • Klomp, L.
  • Thurik, A. R.

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The extent of beta- and sigma-convergence of average labor productivity across manufacturing industries in 18 OECD-countries over the period 1972-1992 show large inter-industry differences. One reason for these differences is knowledge and capital barriers preventing catch-up to occur. We find the level of averagelabor productivity, as a proxy for these barriers, to be correlated with the extent of convergence.
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  • Carree, M. A. & Klomp, L. & Thurik, A. R., 2000. "Productivity convergence in OECD manufacturing industries," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 66(3), pages 337-345, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:66:y:2000:i:3:p:337-345
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