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Productivity in Europe: Trends and drivers in a service-based economy

Peter Bauer, Igor Fedotenkov, Aurelien Genty (), Issam Hallak (), Péter Harasztosi, David Martínez Turégano (), David Nguyen (), Nadir Preziosi (), Ana Rincon-Aznar () and Miguel Sanchez Martinez ()
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Aurelien Genty: European Commission - JRC, https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en
Issam Hallak: European Commission - JRC, https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en
Nadir Preziosi: European Commission - JRC, https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en
Ana Rincon-Aznar: National Institute of Economic and Social Research
Miguel Sanchez Martinez: European Commission - JRC, https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en

Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Miguel Sanchez-Martinez ()

No JRC119785, JRC Working Papers from Joint Research Centre (Seville site)

Abstract: High levels of labour productivity growth are a key element to maintaining high standards of living in the long run in Europe. However, the EU has been experiencing a significant slowdown in labour productivity and total factor productivity growth, a phenomenon which has even exacerbated over the last decade, contrary to what would be expected in the recovery from the financial crisis. The trends and driving forces of the current sluggish productivity growth in Europe are analysed in this report with a special emphasis on services. After reviewing the literature in the field, the report zooms in on the role played by factors such as structural change, intangible investments, firm size distribution, firm demography, labour dynamics, zombie firms, business cycle dynamics and public expenditure and assesses their impact on productivity growth based on a variety of data sources and methodologies. The report focusses on the main results at EU level and includes some cross-country and cross-sectoral comparisons wherever possible.

Keywords: productivity puzzle; structural change; intangible assets; public expenditure; business cycles; creative job destruction; firm entry; firm exit; firm size; zombie firms; Member States; service sectors (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-03
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-eec, nep-eff, nep-mac and nep-sbm
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