Convergence of industry labor productivity among advanced economies, 1963-1982

D. Dollar, E. N. Wolff

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    Data are used for 13 industrialized countries to investigate convergence of labor productivity levels in individual manufacturing industries over the 1963-82 period. We find convergence in virtually every manufacturing industry. Among these countries, the coefficient of variation of industry labor productivity declined in all but 1 of 28 industries. However, productivity convergence is stronger for all manufacturing than within individual industries, especially heavy and high-technology industries. Also, variation in employment mix among countries plays little role in explaining cross-country differences in aggregate manufacturing productivity, nor have changes in employment mixes been an important source of convergence. -Authors

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)549-558
    Number of pages10
    JournalReview of Economics & Statistics
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - 1988

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Economics and Econometrics


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