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Comovement and catch-up in productivity across sectors: Evidence from the OECD

  • Cornwell, Christopher Mark
  • Wächter, Jens-Uwe

A method for analyzing productivity convergence based on frontier production functions is proposed. It is examined whether departures from the frontier|country{level ineciencies|exhibit long{run relationships and convergence. The method is applied to 1-digit industries of 14 OECD countries from 1970{90. Results suggests that comovements in eciency are concentrated between the EU{countries. Catch{up is found in all but one sector. Even manufacturing, which previous studies have found not to display convergence, shows signs of catch-up. It is examined whether departures from the frontier|country{level ineciencies|exhibit long{run relationships and convergence. The method is applied to 1-digit industries of 14 OECD countries from 1970{90. Results suggests that comovements in eciency are concentrated between the EU{countries. Catch{up is found in all but one sector. Even manufacturing, which previous studies have found not to display convergence, shows signs of catch{up.

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Paper provided by University of Bonn, ZEI - Center for European Integration Studies in its series ZEI Working Papers with number B 07-1999.

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