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July 1995, Vol. 118, No. 7

Measurement of productivity growth in U.S. manufacturing

William Gullickson
Economist, Office of Productivity and Technology, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Productivity measurement cannot be restricted to capital and labor factors-intermediate inputs constitute too large a part of the cost structure; revised and extended data show upward trend in multifactor productivity growth. This article discusses the measurement of multifactor productivity for manufacturing and analyzes growth trends within the sector.

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