Productivity convergence in OECD manufacturing industries
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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