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Towards a Social Understanding of Productivity: A Review Article


  • Jeff Madrick



Productivity is not just an important concept for economists, but for other social scientists as well. This article by Jeff Matrick, Editor of Challenge and economics columnist for the New York Times, is a review of a the recently published edited volume Towards a Social Understanding of Productivity. The papers looks at the impact of productivity on social well-being and examines the social determinants of productivity growth. Madrick notes that the volume reinforce the conventional view that productivity is essentially to a rising standard of living and at the same time adds considerably to a fuller understanding of how social factors affect economic growth and how economic growth is linked to social improvement.

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  • Jeff Madrick, 2003. "Towards a Social Understanding of Productivity: A Review Article," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 6, pages 72-74, Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:sls:ipmsls:v:6:y:2003:7

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    1. 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.
    2. Andrew Sharpe, 2002. "Angus Maddison Rewrites Economic History Again," Challenge, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(4), pages 20-40.
    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. 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.
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    Social Policy; Social Economics; Growth; Redistribution; Well-being; Wellbeing; Welfare; Inequality;

    JEL classification:

    • A11 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Role of Economics; Role of Economists
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • H50 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - General
    • I00 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - General - - - General


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