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What Does Total Factor Productivity Measure?

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  • Richard G. Lipsey

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  • Kenneth Carlaw

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In this article, as part of the symposium on total factor productivity, Richard G. Lipsey of Simon Fraser University and Kenneth Carlaw of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand provide a trenchant critique of the concept of total factor productivity. They conclude that "the degree of confusion surrounding TFP, particularly the assumption that low TFP numbers imply a low degree of technological dynamism, would seem to us to justify dropping the measure completely from all discussions of long term economic growth".

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  • Richard G. Lipsey & Kenneth Carlaw, 2000. "What Does Total Factor Productivity Measure?," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 1, pages 31-40, Fall.
  • Handle: RePEc:sls:ipmsls:v:1:y:2000:6
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    2. Philippe Aghion & Antonin Bergeaud & Timo Boppart & Peter J. Klenow & Huiyu Li, 2018. "Missing Growth from Creative Destruction," Working Papers 18-18, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau.
    3. Centre for the Study of Living Standards, 2003. "Productivity Trends in Natural Resources Industries in Canada," CSLS Research Reports 2003-01, Centre for the Study of Living Standards.
    4. Kiander, Jaakko & Berghäll, Elina, 2003. "The Finnish Model of STI Policy: Experiences and Guidelines. KNOGG Thematic Network WP4 Country Report - Finland," Discussion Papers 313, VATT Institute for Economic Research.
    5. Jens J. Krüger, 2008. "Productivity dynamics and structural change in the US manufacturing sector," Industrial and Corporate Change, Oxford University Press, vol. 17(4), pages 875-902, August.
    6. Sofiane Ghali & Pierre Mohnen, 2002. "TFP and Economic Potential of The Tunisian Economy," Working Papers 0225, Economic Research Forum, revised 05 Sep 2002.
    7. Giorgio Calcagnini & Germana Giombini & Giuseppe Travaglini, 2015. "The productivity gap among European countries," Working Papers 1510, University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Department of Economics, Society & Politics - Scientific Committee - L. Stefanini & G. Travaglini, revised 2015.
    8. Klenow, Peter J. & Li, Huiyu, 2017. "Missing Growth from Creative Destruction," FRBSF Economic Letter, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
    9. Arby, Muhammad Farooq, 2008. "Some Issues in the National Income Accounts of Pakistan (Rebasing, Quarterly and Provincial Accounts and Growth Accounting)," MPRA Paper 32048, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    10. Richard Lipsey, 2001. "Successes and failures in the transformation of economics," Journal of Economic Methodology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 8(2), pages 169-201.
    11. Andrew Sharpe, 2002. "What Have We Learned About Productivity in the Last Two Decades?: A Review Article on New Developments in Productivity Analysis," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 4, pages 53-63, Spring.
    12. Santosh Kumar Sahu & Krishnan Narayanan, 2011. "Total Factor Productivity and Energy Intensity in Indian Manufacturing: A Cross-Sectional Study," International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, Econjournals, vol. 1(2), pages 47-58, September.
    13. Andrew Sharpe, 2001. "Productivity Trends in the Construction Sector in Canada: A Case of Lagging Technical Progress," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 3, pages 52-68, Fall.
    14. Andrew Sharpe & Olivier Guibaud, 2005. "Indicators of Innovation in Canadian Natural Resource Industries," CSLS Research Reports 2005-03, Centre for the Study of Living Standards.
    15. Centre for the Study of Living Standards, 2001. "Productivity Trends in the Construction Sector in Canada: A Case of Lagging Technical Progress," CSLS Research Reports 01cp, Centre for the Study of Living Standards.

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    Keywords

    Total Factor Productivity; Technology; Growth; Measurement; Economic Concept; Innovation; GPT; Natural Resources; Neoclassical Growth Model; Technological Change; Definitions;

    JEL classification:

    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
    • E13 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Neoclassical

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