Alternative Measures of Total Factor Productivity Growth
Thijs Ten Raa
Tilburg University - Center for Economic Research (CentER)
Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis
CentER Discussion Paper No. 2006-54
The four main approaches to the measurement of total factor productivity (TFP)-growth and its decomposition are (i) Solow's residual analysis, (ii) the Index Number Approach, (iii) Input-Output Analysis (IO), and (iv) Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA). The corresponding measures of TFP growth are based on different assumptions, which we expose and interrelate. The Solow Residual serves as the benchmark for our comparisons. The interrelationships between the alternative measures permit an interpretation of the differences among them. We consolidate the four alternative measures in a common framework.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 21
Keywords: TFP, Solow residual, Index numbers, Input-output, DEA
JEL Classification: O47, C67working papers series
Date posted: July 26, 2006
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