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Decompositions of Productivity Growth into Sectoral Effects


  • Diewert, Erwin


The paper provides some new decompositions of labour productivity growth and Total Factor Productivity (TFP) growth into sectoral effects. These new decompositions draw on the earlier work of Tang and Wang (2004). The economy wide labour productivity growth rate turns out to depend on the sectoral productivity growth rates, output price effects and changes in sectoral labour input shares. The economy wide TFP growth decomposition is similar but some extra terms due to input price inflation make their appearance in the decomposition.

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  • Diewert, Erwin, 2013. "Decompositions of Productivity Growth into Sectoral Effects," Economics working papers erwin_diewert-2013-12, Vancouver School of Economics, revised 06 Mar 2013.
  • Handle: RePEc:ubc:bricol:erwin_diewert-2013-12

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    Total Factor Productivity; labour productivity; index numbers; sectoral contributions to growth.;
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    JEL classification:

    • C43 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Index Numbers and Aggregation
    • C82 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Macroeconomic Data; Data Access
    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity


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