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Mesure de la productivité : la méthode de Divisia


  • Ouellette, Pierre

    (C.R.D.E., Université de Montréal)

  • Lasserre, Pierre

    (C.R.D.E., Université de Montréal)


We survey and synthetize the literature on the measurement of technical progress by the method of Divisia. The approach is first presented under a number of crucial simplifying assumptions. Then we relax those assumptions to allow for non constant returns, the presence of quasi-fix factors of production, and the absence of perfect competition. This is followed by a discussion on the limits of the method and on some of the ways those limits be overcome. Cet article constitue un survol de la littérature portant sur la mesure du progrès technique par la méthode de Divisia. Dans un premier temps, la méthode est exposée en posant a priori certaines hypothèses simplificatrices. Dans un deuxième temps, ces hypothèses sont mises de côté de façon à englober le cas des firmes en présence de rendements non unitaires, de facteurs quasi fixes et en l’absence de concurrence parfaite. Le tout est suivi d’une discussion sur les limites de la méthode et de la façon dont on peut envisager de les dépasser.

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  • Ouellette, Pierre & Lasserre, Pierre, 1985. "Mesure de la productivité : la méthode de Divisia," L'Actualité Economique, Société Canadienne de Science Economique, vol. 61(4), pages 507-526, décembre.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:actuec:v:61:y:1985:i:4:p:507-526

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    1. Ouellette, P. & Lasserre, P., 1984. "Mesure du Progres Technique: Theories et Methodes," Cahiers de recherche 8425, Universite de Montreal, Departement de sciences economiques.
    2. Sato, Ryuzo, 1970. "The Estimation of Biased Technical Progress and the Production Function," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 11(2), pages 179-208, June.
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    4. Nelson, Richard R, 1981. "Research on Productivity Growth and Productivity Differences: Dead Ends and New Departures," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 19(3), pages 1029-1064, September.
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    1. Ambec, Stefan & Barla, Philippe, 2001. "Productivité et réglementation environnementale: une analyse de l'hypothèse de Porter," Cahiers de recherche 0107, Université Laval - Département d'économique.
    2. Sofiane Ghali & Sami Rezgui, 2008. "FDI Contribution to Technical Efficiency in the Tunisian Manufacturing Sector," Working Papers 421, Economic Research Forum, revised 06 Jan 2008.
    3. Charles Dufour & Paul Lanoie & Michel Patry, 1995. "Regulation and Productivity in the Quebec Manufacturing Sector," CIRANO Working Papers 95s-12, CIRANO.

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