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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.

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On the Importance of Using Comparable Labour Input to Make International Comparison of Productivity Levels

Canada-U.S., A Case Study

In 2005, Statistics Canada’s Canadian Productivity Accounts released two studies that, for the fi rst time, examined the comparability of labour productivity levels between Canada and the United States.83 Previously, Statistics Canada limited comparisons to productivity growth rates. Using analogous sources, concepts and methods to obtain the most comparable measure possible of productivity levels, these new studies found that the Canada–U.S. productivity level difference was lower than normally described.

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