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Demand Fluctuations and Productivity of Service Industries

  • MORIKAWA Masayuki

The purpose of this paper is to investigate empirically the relationship between demand fluctuations and productivity of service industries. Specifically, by using unique establishment-level data on service industries in Japan, this paper estimates production functions for six narrowly defined personal-service industries. In almost all the examined service industries, statistically and economically significant negative effects of demand variation on establishment-level productivity are found. This result suggests dispersing holidays may have positive effects on the productivity of service industries.

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Paper provided by Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) in its series Discussion papers with number 08030.

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Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2008
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Handle: RePEc:eti:dpaper:08030
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