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The Economics of Productivity

Edited by Edward N. Wolff, Professor of Economics, New York University, US
The Economics of Productivity provides an anthology of many of the leading papers on productivity analysis
Two volume set
Extent: 1,264 pp
Hardback Price: $665.00 Web: $598.50
Publication Date: 1997
ISBN: 978 1 85898 420 9
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Industrial Economics
  • Labour Economics
The Economics of Productivity provides an anthology of many of the leading papers on productivity analysis. Part 1 of the collection portrays the development of production functions and growth accounting, including classic papers by Robert Solow, Dale Jorgenson, Edward Denison, and Angus Maddison. Part 2 covers topics on the economics of research and development and technological spillovers, featuring works by Zvi Griliches and Edwin Mansfield. Part 3 is devoted to evolutionary and Schumpeterian models of technological change, including articles by Richard Nelson and Sydney Winter. Studies by Moses Abramovitz and William Baumol, both published in 1986, document a convergence in labour productivity among industrialized economies, and Part 4 includes several seminal papers on this topic. Part 5 treats another important development in productivity analysis – endogenous growth theory, in which production itself creates the conditions of further technical change. The input–output framework provides another powerful system for the measurement of productivity growth, and articles on this topic are presented in Part 6. A dramatic slowdown in the rate of productivity growth occurred in the early 1970s and this development spawned a large literature on the subject of productivity, which is highlighted in the last part of the volume.
‘The book is valuable to those interested in productivity as well as economic growth. The publisher has done a great service by collecting these papers in a book form.’
– A.M. Nalla Gounden, Journal of Educational Planning and Administration

‘. . . the collection is valuable as a single source for a number of classic papers on the subject.’
– Paul Stoneman, The Economic Journal
50 articles, dating from 1957 to 1994
Contributors include: M. Abramovitz, K.J. Arrow, W.J. Baumol, E.F. Denison, Z. Griliches, D.W. Jorgenson, A. Maddison, E. Mansfield, R.R. Nelson, R.M. Solow
Contents: Volume I: Introduction Part I: Production Functions and Growth Accounting Part II: R&D and Technological Spillovers Part III: Evolutionary, Schumpeterian and Technology Gap Models Index • Volume II: Part I: Productivity Convergence Part II: Endogenous Growth Theory Part III: Multi-Sectoral Approaches Part IV: The Productivity Slowdown Index