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International Comparison of Labor Productivity Distribution for Manufacturing and Non-Manufacturing Firms

  • Yuichi Ikeda
  • Wataru Souma
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    Labor productivity was studied at the microscopic level in terms of distributions based on individual firm financial data from Japan and the US. A power-law distribution in terms of firms and sector productivity was found in both countries' data. The labor productivities were not equal for nation and sectors, in contrast to the prevailing view in the field of economics. It was found that the low productivity of the Japanese non-manufacturing sector reported in macro-economic studies was due to the low productivity of small firms.

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    Date of creation: Dec 2008
    Date of revision: Dec 2008
    Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:0812.0208
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