Comparing Productivity Growth: An Exploration of French and U.S. Industrial and Firm Data

52 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2004 Last revised: 19 Aug 2010

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Zvi Griliches

(Deceased)

Jacques Mairesse

National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) - Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST); Maastricht University - United Nations and Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: August 1982

Abstract

This paper compares and analyzes the growth of productivity in the manufacturing industries and firms in France and the U.S. based on newly assembled comparable data sets in both countries. Three explanations of the recent productivity slowdown are reviewed: shortfall in physical investment, rise in materials prices, and a decline in the intensity or fecundity of R&D investment, and found not to bear on the differences in productivity growth between and within the two countries, either at the industry or the firm levels.

Suggested Citation

Griliches, Zvi and Mairesse, Jacques, Comparing Productivity Growth: An Exploration of French and U.S. Industrial and Firm Data (August 1982). NBER Working Paper No. w0961. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=300733

Zvi Griliches

(Deceased)

Jacques Mairesse (Contact Author)

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