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Firm-level Productivity Differences: Insights from the OECD’s MultiProd Project

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  • Giuseppe Berlingieri,
  • Patrick Blanchenay
  • Sara Calligaris
  • Chiara Criscuolo

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Productivity plays a central role in shaping the welfare of societies and the competitiveness of countries. Productivity differences, for instance, explain a large share of the differences in income per capita across countries. This paper investigates the role of productivity heterogeneity across 18 countries over the period 2001-2012. In particular, it analyses the evidence that emerges from the distributed micro-data approach carried out in the OECD MultiProd project. The main outcome of the project is a unique dataset of harmonised crosscountry moments that are representative for the population of firms and comparable across countries even at a detailed industry level. We look at the 90-10 percentile ratio of LP and MFP and show that: i) productivity dispersion is high in both manufacturing and nonfinancial market services; ii) it has increased over time, especially in services; iii) a substantial part of this dispersion comes from differences among firms within the same sector of activity in each country; iv) this within sector dispersion remains the most important component of the overall dispersion for the entire period.

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  • Giuseppe Berlingieri, & Patrick Blanchenay & Sara Calligaris & Chiara Criscuolo, 2017. "Firm-level Productivity Differences: Insights from the OECD’s MultiProd Project," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 32, pages 97-115, Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:sls:ipmsls:v:32:y:2017:6
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    1. Evguenia Bessonova & Anna Tsvetkova, 2019. "Productivity convergence trends within Russian industries: firm-level evidence," Bank of Russia Working Paper Series wps51, Bank of Russia.

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    Keywords

    Productivity; OECD; Policies; Global Productivity; Total Factor Productivity; Wages; academics; efficiency; MultiProd;
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    JEL classification:

    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • D4 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • O5 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies

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