This book presents a set of papers from the leading edge of current
research on productivity analysis. The focus is on alternative
forms of measurement, methods, and their implications. The book
begins with a chapter by V. Corbo and J. de Melo comparing the
effects of using different production frontier models for measuring
technical efficiency when using census data. The second chapter (by
H. Pesaran and R. Tarling) is a detailed analysi.s of measurement
of labor and its variations over time. The next two chapters
concern the measurement of capital. The first of these is written
by M. F. Mohr; the second is by B. M. Fraumeni and D. W. Jorgenson.
The final chapter is by I. B. Kravis, A. W. Heston, and R. Summers
and concerns the behavior of productivity and service prices.
Decisions for improving productivity rely upon explicit as well as
implicit assumptions on how productivity is related to a variety of
factors. Determining the right relationships hinges on how these
factors are measured and how the models are set. This is why better
understanding of measurement issues and behavior of variables
related to productivity can lead more effective policies. We plan
to continue in this series to present the current research of major
different schools of thought in the field."
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