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Productivity and the structure of employment


  • Paula Barnes

    (Productivity Commission)

  • Rick Johnson

    (Productivity Commission)

  • Anthony Kulys

    (Productivity Commission)

  • Scott Hook

    (Productivity Commission)


The paper examines the structure of employment defined by industry, skill, age, part-time and casual employment status and the distribution of earnings. Employment patterns, and changes in employment profiles, are examined for differences between high productivity growth industry sectors and low productivity growth industry sectors.

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  • Paula Barnes & Rick Johnson & Anthony Kulys & Scott Hook, 2002. "Productivity and the structure of employment," Labor and Demography 0207006, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpla:0207006
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    1. Bocean Claudiu & Mimi Petrisan, 2007. "Links Between Macroeconomic Key Variables And Employment Levels In Romania," Revista Tinerilor Economisti (The Young Economists Journal), University of Craiova, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, vol. 1(8), pages 99-104, April.
    2. K.W. Clements, 2000. "Lower Energy Costs and the WA Economy: A general equilibrium analysis," Economics Discussion / Working Papers 00-13, The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics.
    3. McGuckin, Robert & Ark, Bart van, 2005. "Productivity and participation: an international comparison," GGDC Research Memorandum 200578, Groningen Growth and Development Centre, University of Groningen.

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    productivity - employment - labour - workforce - education - occupation - unemployment - skills;

    JEL classification:

    • D - Microeconomics
    • O - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth

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