Working Paper

Determinants of long-run labor productivity growth: a selective survey with some new empirical results


Abstract: Using cross-country data, we review the empirical evidence concerning long-term labor and total factor productivity growth. We find that the conclusions one can draw from cross-country data are surprisingly modest. Nevertheless, we confirm the crucial role for physical capital accumulation in enhancing labor productivity growth and develop a role for human capital in an endogenous growth framework. We also find that the performances of so-called \\"ancillary variables\\" are rather insignificant in the presence of proxies for physical and human capital stocks.

Keywords: Human capital; Labor productivity;

Authors

    Spiegel, Mark M.

Bibliographic Information

Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Part of Series: Working Papers in Applied Economic Theory

Publication Date: 1994

Number: 94-17