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Generation and Distribution of Total Factor Productivity Gains in US Industries


  • Jean-Philippe Boussemart

    (University of Lille 3 and IESEG School of Management (LEM-CNRS))

  • Hervé Leleu

    () (CNRS-LEM and IESEG School of Management)

  • Edward Mensah

    (University of Illinois at Chicago and IESEG-School of Management)


This study estimates productivity gains and their distribution among inputs and outputs for American industries over the period 1987-2011 using the traditional surplus accounting method. Total Factor Productivity (TFP) change is traditionally defined as the growth rate of output minus the growth rate of inputs. Since TFP changes determine welfare via price variations, a key issue is to assess which of the inputs and outputs recover price advantages.

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  • Jean-Philippe Boussemart & Hervé Leleu & Edward Mensah, 2014. "Generation and Distribution of Total Factor Productivity Gains in US Industries," Working Papers 2014-EQM-02, IESEG School of Management.
  • Handle: RePEc:ies:wpaper:e201402

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    1. John W. Kendrick, 1961. "Productivity Trends in the United States," NBER Books, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc, number kend61-1.
    2. Charles R. Hulten & Edwin R. Dean & Michael J. Harper, 2001. "New Developments in Productivity Analysis," NBER Books, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc, number hult01-1.
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    Surplus Accounting Method; Total Factor Productivity; Factor Income; Distribution; Index Numbers;

    JEL classification:

    • C43 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Index Numbers and Aggregation
    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • D33 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Factor Income Distribution

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