Productivity Measurement and Analysis

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Productivity measurement and analysis are the main topics addressed in this book, which brings together contributions presented and discussed in two international workshops organized by the Statistics Directorate and the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (DSTI) of the OECD. The first workshop was organised jointly by the OECD with Fundaccion BBVA and the Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas and held in Madrid in October 2005, and the second one was organized jointly by the OECD and the Swiss Federal Statistical Office and the State Secretary for Economic Affairs of Switzerland and held in Bern in October 2006. The two workshops brought together representatives of statistical offices, central banks and other branches of government in OECD countries that are engaged in the analysis and the measurement of productivity developments at aggregate and industry levels.



Are those Who Bring Work Home Really Working Longer Hours?

Implications for BLS Productivity Measures

Advancements in information technology have increased workers’ abilities to conduct their jobs in multiple locations. An ongoing debate surrounding U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) productivity data is that offi cial productivity numbers may be overstated because of an increase in unmeasured hours worked outside the traditional workplace. To shed light on this debate, this paper examines two recent data sources for information on U.S. workers who bring work home from their primary workplace – the 2003 – 2006 American Time Use Survey (ATUS) and the 1997, 2001, and 2004 May Current Population Survey Work Schedules and Work at Home Supplements (CPS Supplement). The ATUS provides detailed information on time spent on work, work-related activities, and non-work activities on one diary day, as well as locations for these activities. The CPS Supplements provide information on the number of hours worked at home each week, whether or not workers had a formal arrangement to be paid for work at home, and reasons for working at home.


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