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The Productivity Paradox: Evidence from Indirect Indicators of Service Sector Productivity Growth

Edward Wolff ()

Working Papers from C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics, New York University

Abstract: Whereas difficulties in measuring the output of service sectors have been well documented, input measures are reasonably accurate. Using U.S. input-output data for the period 1958-87 and a number of indices of skill and occupational change derived from the Dictionary of Occupational Titles and decennial census data covering the period 1960-1990, I find strong evidenec that among all industries in the economy industry productivity growth is positively related to R&D intensity and knowledge spillovers from other industries but negatively related to major restructuring of technology.

Keywords: RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT; INPUT-OUTPUT; PRODUCTIVITY; SERVICE INDUSTRY (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O30 O32 O47 O51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 42 pages
Date: 1997
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