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Decomposing Total Factor Productivity Growth in Manufacturing and Services

Neil Foster-McGregor () and Bart Verspagen

Asian Development Review, 2017, vol. 34, issue 1, 88-115

Abstract: Using the World Input–Output Database, this paper calculates total factor productivity (TFP) growth for a sample of 40 economies during the period 1995–2009 to show that TFP growth in Asian economies has been relatively strong. In a number of Asian economies, TFP growth in services has outpaced that in manufacturing. This paper presents a novel structural decomposition of TFP growth and shows that the main drivers of aggregate productivity growth, as well as differences in productivity growth between services and manufacturing, have been changing factor requirements. These effects tend to offset the negative productivity effect of a declining ratio of value added to gross output.

Keywords: manufacturing and services; structural decomposition; total factor productivity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O40 O57 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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