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Convergence of Industry Labor Productivity among Advanced Economies, 1963-1982

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  • Dollar, David
  • Wolff, Edward N

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Data are used for thirteen industrialized countries to investigate convergence of labor productivity levels in individual manufacturing industries over the 1963-82 period. The authors find convergence in virtually every manufacturing industry. Among these countries, the co efficient of variation of industry labor productivity declined in all but one of twenty-eight industries. However, productivity convergenc e is stronger for all manufacturing than within individual industries, especially heavy and high-technology industries. Also, variation in employment mix among countries plays little role in explaining cross-country differences i n aggregate manufacturing productivity, nor have changes in employment mixes been an important source of convergence. Copyright 1988 by MIT Press.

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  • Dollar, David & Wolff, Edward N, 1988. "Convergence of Industry Labor Productivity among Advanced Economies, 1963-1982," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 70(4), pages 549-558, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:70:y:1988:i:4:p:549-58
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