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Fostering Productivity : Patterns, Determinants and Policy Implications - George Gelauff

Fostering Productivity

Patterns, Determinants and Policy Implications

By: George Gelauff (Editor), Luke Klomp (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 8th May 2004
ISBN: 9780444516688
Number Of Pages: 344

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The main purpose of this book is to enhance the understanding of differences in productivity performance between countries and sectors and to improve our insight in the drivers of productivity levels and its growth. Due to demographics the speed-up of productivity growth will be of increasing importance to secure GDP growth in the future, since the other source of GDP growth (employment growth) will be limited in most Western Countries. A better insight in the patterns and drivers of productivity performance is therefore not simply a matter of academic interest, however valuable that in itself can be. Improving our knowledge of the drivers of productivity will enable us to determine which are the 'switches' policy makers have to use. The book takes the Netherlands as a case, but is hardly a book on productivity in the Low Countries alone. The different contributors focus on the drivers of productivity that prevail in every modern economy, using the Netherlands' experience as an example, which makes this book relevant for the analysis of productivity in other countries. Moreover, the book contains international comparisons between EU and OECD countries, in particular with regard to productivity performance. The book focuses on productivity in the business sector, leaving public sector productivity aside.

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Fifteen papers, published on the initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, contriubte to the understanding of the sources of productivity growth in the Netherlands and elsewhere. Journal of Economic Literature, 2004.

Introductionp. 1
An international comparision of productivity performance : the case of the Netherlandsp. 9
The measurement of productivity : what do the numbers mean?p. 29
Helping thy neighbour : productivity, welfare and international tradep. 63
R&D and innovation : drivers of productivity growthp. 75
ICT and productivityp. 93
Human capital and productivity : a labour market perspectivep. 115
Wage moderation and labour productivityp. 141
Integrating evidence on the determinants of productivityp. 159
Four sources of innovation and stimulation of growth in the Dutch economyp. 185
Market structure, innovation and productivity : a marriage with chemistryp. 199
Firm dynamics and labour productivityp. 213
The contribution of business services to aggregate productivity growthp. 243
Increasing productivity through innovation and entrepreneurship in business servicesp. 265
The OECD growth study : implications for The Netherlandsp. 285
A policy agenda for higher productivity growthp. 305
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ISBN: 9780444516688
ISBN-10: 0444516689
Series: Contributions to Economic Analysis
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 8th May 2004
Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.66