Firm Dynamics and Growth Measurement in France
35 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2018
Date Written: April 1, 2018
Statistical agencies typically impute inflation for disappearing products based on surviving products, which may result in overstated inflation and understated growth. This paper uses the theory and methodology developed by Aghion et al. (2017) to quantify in the case of France how much of productivity growth is missed by statistical offices because of this. Using the census of plants in France, we find that from 2004 to 2015, about 0.5 percentage point of real output growth per year is not taken into account, which is about the same as what was found in the U.S. While this result suggests that missing growth from creative destruction could structurally be the same in different countries, we show that they in fact hide different underlying establishment and firm's lifecycle dynamics in the two countries.
Keywords: Growth, Price measurement, Firm dynamic, Lifecycle of plants
JEL Classification: O4
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