Reference : Productivity and Convergence in OECD Service Industries
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Business & economic sciences : Economic systems & public economics
Productivity and Convergence in OECD Service Industries
Gouyette, Claudine [ > > ]
Perelman, Sergio mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > HEC-Ecole de gestion : UER > Economie publique appliquée >]
Structural Change and Economic Dynamics
Elsevier Science
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[en] Productivity ; Catching up ; Convergence ; Service Industries ; Frontier Analysis
[en] The objective of this paper is threefold. First, to estimate the productivity performances
realized in service and manufacturing industries by 13 OECD countries over the period
1970-1987. Secondly, to compare the productivity indicators computed under the alternative
frontier analysis and Divisia index approaches. Thirdly, to test the convergence phenomenon
in both industries, focusing on the catching-up process and on the interaction between
productivity changes and capital intensity variations. The main results show that, contrary
to the manufacturing sector and in spite of very low growth rates, productivity levels converge
in services. Moreover, new investments in capital appear to exert an unexpected depressive
effect on total factor productivity growth in service activities, while having a positive influence
in manufacturing industries.
Centre de Recherche en Économie Publique et de la Population - C.R.E.P.P

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