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International comparisons of labour productivity in transport and communications: the US, the UK and Germany

O'Mahony, Mary and Oulton, Nicholas (2000) International comparisons of labour productivity in transport and communications: the US, the UK and Germany. Journal of Productivity Analysis, 14 (1). pp. 7-30. ISSN 0895-562X

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Identification Number: 10.1023/A:1007828627727

Abstract

We construct benchmark estimates of labour productivity covering the transport and communications sectors for the US, UK and Germany for 1992 and 1993. The US lead is substantial in rail and trucking, even after adjusting for differences in stage length, but Britain leads in air transport and all three countries have similar productivity levels in local transport. In telecommunications and postal services the US enjoys a large lead over both the UK and Germany. We compare these estimates based on industry data with ones derived from the national accounts and find them similar in communications but not in transport. For 1973–96, and also 1989–96, productivity was growing slower in the US, hence some of the gap has been closed.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.springer.com/economics/microeconomics/j...
Additional Information: © 2000 Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
JEL classification: L - Industrial Organization > L9 - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities > L91 - Transportation: General
L - Industrial Organization > L9 - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities > L96 - Telecommunications
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O5 - Economywide Country Studies > O57 - Comparative Studies of Countries
P - Economic Systems > P5 - Comparative Economic Systems > P52 - Comparative Studies of Particular Economies
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2013 15:54
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2013 15:54
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/49348

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