Fostering Productivity: Patterns, Determinants and Policy Implications Vol: 263

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08 May 2004
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
344 pages - 221 x 286 x 20mm
Contributions to Economic Analysis


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.
Abbreviated. Chapter 1: Introduction (G. Gelauff, L. Klomp, S. Raes, T. Roelandt). Chapter 2: An international comparison of productivity performance: the case of the Netherlands (P. Donselaar, H. Erken, S. Raes). Chapter 3: The measurement of productivity: what do the numbers mean? (B. van Ark). Chapter 4: Helping thy neighbour: productivity, welfare and international trade (N. Nahuis, B. Geurts). Chapter 5: R&D and innovation: drivers of productivity growth (P. Donselaar, H. Erken, L. Klomp). Chapter 6: ICT and productivity (H. van der Wiel, G. van Leeuwen). Chapter 7: Human capital and productivity: a labour market perspective (P. van Winden, A. Reitsma). Chapter 8: Wage moderation and labour productivity (P. Broer, F. Huizinga). Chapter 9: Integrating evidence on the determinants of productivity (E. Bartelsman, H. de Groot). Chapter 10: Four sources of innovation and stimulation of growth in the Dutch economy (W. Baumol). Chapter 11: Market structure, innovation and productivity: a marriage with chemistry (E. Brouwer, H. van Dalen, T. Roelandt, M. Ruiter, H. van der Wiel). Chapter 12: Firm dynamics and labour productivity (W. Verhoeven). Chapter 13: The contribution of business services to aggregate productivity growth (H. Kox). Chapter 14: Increasing productivity through innovation and entrepreneurship in business services (M. Visscher, R. Becker, M. van Dijk). Chapter 15: The OECD growth study: implications for the Netherlands (D. Pilat). Chapter 16: A policy agenda for higher productivity growth (S. Raes, G. Gelauff, L. Klomp, T. Roelandt).

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