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On the Tang and Wang Decomposition of Labour Productivity Growth into Sectoral Effects

  • Diewert, Erwin

Tang and Wang provided a decomposition of economy wide labour productivity into sectoral contribution effects. The present note reworks their methodology to provide a more transparent and simple decomposition. This new decomposition is then related to another decomposition due to Gini and analyzed by Balk. Overall growth in labour productivity is due to three factors: (i) growth in the labour productivity of individual sectors; (ii) changes in real output prices of the sectors and (iii) changes in the allocation of labour across sectors.

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Paper provided by Vancouver School of Economics in its series Economics working papers with number erwin_diewert-2008-6.

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Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: 16 Apr 2008
Date of revision: 16 Apr 2008
Handle: RePEc:ubc:bricol:erwin_diewert-2008-6
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  1. Jianmin Tang & Weimin Wang, 2004. "Sources of aggregate labour productivity growth in Canada and the United States," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 37(2), pages 421-444, May.
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