Productivity Growth in Services Industries: Is There a Role for Measurement?
Productivity growth has tended to be slower in service industries than in goods industries. Anita Wölfl of the OECD finds that measurement error may be responsible for slower productivity growth in the service sector. She notes that some service industries in certain OECD countries have experienced negative productivity growth over long periods, despite intensive use of Information and COmmunication Technologies (ICTs), exposure to international competition, and the existence of economies of scale. Wölfl discusses the several possible sources of measurement error that may lead to this unexpected result and quantifies the impact of correcting for measurement errors on aggregate productivity growth.
Volume (Year): 8 (2004)
Issue (Month): (Spring)
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