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July 1995, Vol. 118, No. 7

Manufacturing multifactor productivity in three countries

Wolodar Lysko
Economist, Division of Foreign Labor Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Multifactor productivity growth in the United States has been lower than the growth rates recorded by Germany and France since 1956, but only the U.S. rates show a pickup since the post 1973 shutdown. This article provides the first comparisons of multifactor productivity in international economies in an effort to understand what shapes international competitiveness and why labor productivity trends differ among countries.

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