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Progress in Service Sector Productivity Measurement: Review Article on "Productivity in the U.S. Services Sector: New Sources of Economic Growth"


  • Erwin Diewert


Measurement of productivity in the service sector has always represented a challenge for economists. "Productivity in the U.S. Services Sector: New Sources of Economic Growth", by Jack Triplett and Barry Bosworth from the Brookings Institution is reviewed. The authors have produced a textbook on the different types of measurement error that will force economists to take their empirical estimates with a considerable dose of caution. Both economic statisticians and policy makers will find the book invaluable.

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  • Erwin Diewert, 2005. "Progress in Service Sector Productivity Measurement: Review Article on "Productivity in the U.S. Services Sector: New Sources of Economic Growth"," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 11, pages 57-69, Fall.
  • Handle: RePEc:sls:ipmsls:v:11:y:2005:7

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    1. Martin Neil Baily & Robert J. Gordon, 1988. "The Productivity Slowdown, Measurement Issues, and the Explosion of Computer Power," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, vol. 19(2), pages 347-432.
    2. Brian Moyer & Marshall Reinsdorf & Robert Yuskavage, 2005. "Aggregation Issues in Integrating and Accelerating BEA's Accounts: Improved Methods for Calculating GDP by Industry," NBER Working Papers 11073, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    4. W. Erwin Diewert, 1995. "Functional Form Problems in Modeling Insurance and Gambling," The Geneva Risk and Insurance Review, Palgrave Macmillan;International Association for the Study of Insurance Economics (The Geneva Association), vol. 20(1), pages 135-150, June.
    5. W. Erwin Diewert, 2006. "Comment on "Aggregation Issues in Integrating and Accelerating the BEA," NBER Chapters,in: A New Architecture for the U.S. National Accounts, pages 287-308 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    1. Jula, Dorin & Jula, Nicoleta, 2007. "Inter-industries productivity gap and the services employment dynamics," Journal for Economic Forecasting, Institute for Economic Forecasting, vol. 4(2), pages 5-15, June.
    2. Statistics Canada, 2008. "Outsourcing and Offshoring in Canada," Economic Analysis (EA) Research Paper Series 2008055e, Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch.

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    Productivity; United States; Services Sector; Service Sector; Jack Triplett; Triplett; Bosworth; Barry Bosworth; Brookings; Brookings Institution; Estimation; Statistics; Economic Statisticians; Measurement Error; Measurement; Growth; Economic Growth;

    JEL classification:

    • C13 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Estimation: General
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
    • L80 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - General


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