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International comparison of industry productivity

  • Adam Young

    (Treasury, Government of Australia)

  • Joann Wilkie

    (Treasury, Government of Australia)

  • Robert Ewing

    (Treasury, Government of Australia)

  • Jyoti Rahman

    (Treasury, Government of Australia)

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    The United States has long been considered the world’s productivity frontier, maintaining a sizeable aggregate productivity gap with Australia over the past quarter century. This paper finds that Australia’s industry structure does not appear to make a major difference to Australia’s productivity gap with the US, suggesting that the gap arises mainly from differences in productivity levels within industries. Using new data from the EU Klems project, this paper finds that Australia’s productivity level relative to the US differs markedly across industries.

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    Article provided by The Treasury, Australian Government in its journal Economic Roundup.

    Volume (Year): (2008)
    Issue (Month): 3 (October)
    Pages: 45-61

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    Handle: RePEc:tsy:journl:journl_tsy_er_2008_3_2
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    2. Bryn Battersby, 2006. "Does distance matter? The effect of geographic isolation on productivity levels," Treasury Working Papers 2006-03, The Treasury, Australian Government, revised Apr 2006.
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    4. Robert Ewing & Sian Fenner & Steven Kennedy & Jyoti Rahman, 2007. "Recent productivity outcomes and Australia’s potential growth," Economic Roundup, The Treasury, Australian Government, issue 3, pages 49-71, September.
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