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  • 7-February-2017

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    Economics Department Working Papers by cross country analysis

    This series of Working Papers is designed to make available, to a wider readership, selected studies which the Department has prepared for use within OECD. Authorship is generally collective, but main individual authors are named.

  • 7-February-2017

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    Economics Department Working Papers - List

    This series of Working Papers is designed to make available, to a wider readership, selected studies which the Department has prepared for use within OECD. Authorship is generally collective, but main individual authors are named.

  • 25-January-2017

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    The Best vs. the Rest: The Global Productivity Slowdown Hides an Increasing Performance Gap across Firms

    Well-known global companies such as Google, Apple and Amazon of the digital era as well as more traditional ones of the likes of BMW, L’Oreal and Nestlé have recorded impressive productivity gains over the 2000s as they created more and more revenue per employee. At the same time, aggregate productivity growth in the OECD – that reflects the performance of all businesses not just the few most successful ones – has stagnated.

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  • 24-January-2017

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    Decoupling of wages from productivity: Macro-level facts

    This paper provides a quantitative description of decoupling in OECD countries over the past two decades, with the results suggesting that it is explained by declines in both labour shares and the ratio of median to average wages (a partial measure of wage inequality).

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  • 11-January-2017

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    The Walking Dead? Zombie Firms and Productivity Performance in OECD Countries

    This paper explores the extent to which “zombie” firms – defined as old firms that have persistent problems meeting their interest payments – are stifling labour productivity performance.

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  • 11-January-2017

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    Boosting productivity in Malaysia

    Productivity growth is essential to providing sustainable increases in living standards. Malaysia has reached a development stage where growth needs to be driven more by productivity gains than the sheer accumulation of capital and labour inputs.

  • 22-December-2016

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    Trends in productivity and sources of productivity growth in Slovenia

    Slovenia’s living standards measured in GDP per capita are currently some 20% below the EU15 average and have not yet reached their pre-crisis level.

  • 22-December-2016

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    Enhancing skills to boost growth in Hungary

    Skill requirements in the labour market have significantly changed over the past two decades. The restructuring of the economy is making the labour market increasingly knowledge-based.

  • 22-December-2016

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    Fostering productivity for income convergence in the Czech Republic

    Over the past two decades, the income level of the Czech Republic has converged considerably towards the OECD average.

  • 20-December-2016

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    The quantification of structural reforms in OECD countries: a new framework

    This document describes and discusses a new supply side framework that quantifies the impact of structural reforms on per capita income in OECD countries.

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