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Aggregate multi-factor productivity

Measurement issues in OECD countries You or your institution have access to this content

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Author(s):
Balázs Égert1
Author Affiliations
  • 1: OECD, France

29 Nov 2017
Bibliographic information
No.:
1441
Pages:
25
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This paper analyses for 34 OECD countries the extent to which the calculation of aggregate multi-factor productivity (MFP) is sensitive to alternative parameterisations. The starting point is the definition of MFP used in previous work in the OECD’s Economics Department (e.g. Johansson et al. 2013). They include alternative MFP measures, with human capital included or excluded, with different measures of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) exchange rates, using time-varying capital depreciation rates and different measures of capital stock and labour input (headcount against hours worked). The main result of the paper is that whether or not human capital is included in MFP makes a significant difference for the level and dynamics of MFP. At the same time, MFP measures are less sensitive to other parameters of the calculation.
Keywords:
multi-factor productivity, human capital, OECD, measurement
JEL Classification:
  • C23: Mathematical and Quantitative Methods / Single Equation Models ; Single Variables / Panel Data Models ; Spatio-temporal Models
  • C51: Mathematical and Quantitative Methods / Econometric Modeling / Model Construction and Estimation
  • J2: Labor and Demographic Economics / Demand and Supply of Labor
  • L43: Industrial Organization / Antitrust Issues and Policies / Legal Monopolies and Regulation or Deregulation
  • L51: Industrial Organization / Regulation and Industrial Policy / Economics of Regulation
  • O4: Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth / Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity
 
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