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Searching for the "Productivity Slowdown": Some Surprising Findings from West German Manufacturing

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  • Flaig, Gebhard
  • Steiner, Viktor

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The authors test the hypothesis of a negative long-term trend and/or a structural break in total factor productivi ty after the first oil price shock for West German manufacturing industries within an econometric model based on a flexible cost function with capital as a quasi-fixed factor. After adjusting total factor productivity growth for scale economies and varying capacity utilization, this hypothesis is not supported by their empirical findings for the grea t majority of industries studied, whereas the hypothesis that the (log-)level of total factor productivity follows a random walk with drift is not rejected by various statistical tests. Copyright 1993 by MIT Press.

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  • Flaig, Gebhard & Steiner, Viktor, 1993. "Searching for the "Productivity Slowdown": Some Surprising Findings from West German Manufacturing," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 75(1), pages 57-65, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:75:y:1993:i:1:p:57-65
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