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Total factor productivity, its components and drivers

Franz Haider, Robert Kunst () and Franz Wirl ()
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Franz Haider: University of Vienna
Franz Wirl: University of Vienna

Empirica, 2021, vol. 48, issue 2, No 2, 283-327

Abstract: Abstract We consider how the growth of total factor productivity (TFP) was affected by R&D, trade, information and communication technology, and catching-up for the period from 1990 to 2006. Our contributions are: Firstly, to decompose TFP growth into two distinct measures for catching-up and for innovation using the Malmquist index; secondly, to update related investigations. Summarizing our findings, catching-up effects are statistically important, whereas frontier shifts tend to be smaller with increasing distance to the frontier, and large differences exist and persist between sectors and countries.

Keywords: Productivity; Convergence; Malmquist index; R&D; Trade; ICT (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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