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International Productivity Comparisons: An Examination of Data Sources

  • Jeremy Smith

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    In recent years, a number of international data bases on productivity trends and levels have become publicly available. In this article, Jeremy Smith from Queen's University provides an overview of these sources of information on international productivity comparisons for developed countries. Smith first reviews a number of methodological issues associated with international productivity comparisons and then discusses what is available from the OECD, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Groningen Growth and Development Centre in the Netherlands, and other sources. He concludes by noting that the data provide no one single truth on international productivity relatives, but rather a range of estimates because of data comparability issues.

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    Article provided by Centre for the Study of Living Standards in its journal International Productivity Monitor.

    Volume (Year): 6 (2003)
    Issue (Month): (Spring)
    Pages: 64-71

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    1. Andrew Sharpe, 2002. "Angus Maddison Rewrites Economic History Again," Challenge, M.E. Sharpe, Inc., vol. 45(4), pages 20-40, July.
    2. Paul Schreyer, 2001. "The OECD Productivity Manual: A Guide to the Measurement of Industry-Level and Aggregate Productivity," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 2, pages 37-51, Spring.
    3. Stefano Scarpetta & Andrea Bassanini & Dirk Pilat & Paul Schreyer, 2000. "Economic Growth in the OECD Area: Recent Trends at the Aggregate and Sectoral Level," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 248, OECD Publishing.
    4. Andrew Sharpe, 2001. "Review Article on The World Economy: A Millennial Perspective by Angus Maddison," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 3, pages 69-78, Fall.
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