Understanding Productivity: Lessons from Longitudinal Microdata

30 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2000

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Mark E. Doms

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Eric J. Bartelsman

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; Tinbergen Institute; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: March 9, 2000

Abstract

This paper reviews research that uses longitudinal microdata to document productivity movements and to examine factors behind productivity growth. The research explores the dispersion of productivity across firms and establishments, the persistence of productivity differentials, the consequences of entry and exit, and the contribution of resource reallocation across firms to aggregate productivity growth. The research also reveals important factors correlated with productivity growth, such as managerial ability, technology use, human capital, and regulation. The more advanced literature in the field has begun to address the more difficult questions of the causality between these factors and productivity growth.

Keywords: productivity, microdata

JEL Classification: D24

Suggested Citation

Doms, Mark E. and Bartelsman, Eric J., Understanding Productivity: Lessons from Longitudinal Microdata (March 9, 2000). FEDS Working Paper No. 2000-19, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=231129 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.231129

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