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)
    Title of host publicationThe economics of productivity
    EditorsEdward N. Wolff
    PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
    StatePublished - 1997

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
    • General Environmental Science


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