OECD Economics Department Working Papers

ISSN :
1815-1973 (online)
DOI :
10.1787/18151973
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Working papers from the Economics Department of the OECD that cover the full range of the Department’s work including the economic situation, policy analysis and projections; fiscal policy, public expenditure and taxation; and structural issues including ageing, growth and productivity, migration, environment, human capital, housing, trade and investment, labour markets, regulatory reform, competition, health, and other issues.

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Sluggish Productivity Growth in Denmark

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Author(s):
Muge Adalet McGowan1, Stéphanie Jamet1
Author Affiliations
  • 1: OECD, France

Publication Date
02 July 2012
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No.:
975
Pages
37
DOI
10.1787/5k962hj88txt-en

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Despite sound policies and institutions, Danish productivity has grown modestly over the past decade, both historically and in relation to other countries, contributing to weak economic growth and an erosion in competitiveness. An examination of the four potential drivers of this puzzle, namely competition, education, labour market flexibility and the size of the public sector, shows that there is room for improvement in all areas, calling for action on each of these fronts. This Working Paper relates to the 2012 OECD Economic Survey of Denmark (www.oecd.org/eco/surveys/denmark).
Keywords:
competition, employment protection legislation, employment, education, productivity, Denmark, growth, government size
JEL Classification:
  • D24: Microeconomics / Production and Organizations / Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
  • H11: Public Economics / Structure and Scope of Government / Structure, Scope, and Performance of Government
  • I25: Health, Education, and Welfare / Education and Research Institutions / Education and Economic Development
  • J63: Labor and Demographic Economics / Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies / Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs
  • J80: Labor and Demographic Economics / Labor Standards: National and International / General
  • O3: Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth / Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights
  • O4: Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth / Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity
  • O52: Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth / Economywide Country Studies / Europe