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The UK Productivity “Puzzle” in an International Comparative Perspective

The UK’s slow productivity growth since 2007 has been referred to as a “puzzle”, as if it were a particularly UK-specific challenge. In this paper, we highlight how the United States and northern Europe experienced very similar slowdowns. The common slowdown in productivity growth was a slowdown in total factor productivity (TFP) growth; we find little evidence that capital deepening was an important independent factor. From a conditional-convergence perspective, most of the UK slowdown follows from the slowdown at the U.S. frontier. From the mid-1980s to 2007, the UK’s relative ...
Working Paper Series , Paper 2022-07

The U.S. economic outlook and the implications for monetary policy: remarks at the ABNY breakfast with William C. Dudley, the Roosevelt Hotel, New York City

Remarks at the ABNY breakfast with William C. Dudley, the Roosevelt Hotel, New York City.
Speech , Paper 230

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A Novel MIMIC-Style Model of European Bank Technical Efficiency and Productivity Growth

Using Bayesian Monte Carlo methods, we augment a stochastic distance function measure of bank efficiency and productivity growth with indicators of capitalization, return and risk. Our novel Multiple Indicator-Multiple Cause (MIMIC) style model generates more precise estimates of policy relevant parameters such as returns to scale, technical inefficiency and productivity growth. We find considerable variation in the performance of EU-15 banks over the period 2008 to 2015. For the vast majority of banks, productivity growth – the sum of efficiency and technical changes – is negative, ...
Working Papers , Paper 2012

Discussion Paper
Discretionary Services Spending Has Finally Made It Back (to 2007)

The current economic expansion is now the third-longest expansion in U.S. history (based on National Bureau of Economic Research [NBER] dating of U.S. business cycles). Even so, average growth in this expansion—a 2.1 percent annual rate—has been extraordinarily weak. In this post, I return to previous analysis on a specific portion of consumer spending—household discretionary services expenditures—that has displayed unusual weakness in the current expansion (see this post for the definition of discretionary versus nondiscretionary services expenditures, and these posts from 2012 and ...
Liberty Street Economics , Paper 20171016

Journal Article
What’s Happening to Productivity Growth?

President's Message: What?s Happening to Productivity Growth?
Econ Focus , Issue 4Q , Pages 01-01

Journal Article
Understanding Patterns in U.S. Regional Economic Growth

An analysis examines how differences in productivity growth and shifting preferences for amenities generate regional variations in U.S. economic growth.
The Regional Economist

Working Paper
The Productivity Slowdown in Advanced Economies: Common Shocks or Common Trends?

This paper reviews advanced-economy productivity developments in recent decades. We focus primarily on the facts about, and explanations for, the mid-2000s labor-productivity slowdown in large European countries and the United States. Slower total factor productivity growth was the proximate cause of the slowdown. This conclusion is robust to measurement challenges including the role of intangible assets, rankings of productivity levels, and data revisions. We contrast two main narratives for the stagnating productivity frontier: The shock of the Global Financial Crisis; and a common slowdown ...
Working Paper Series , Paper 2023-07

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Historical Patterns around Financial Crises

Long-run historical data for advanced economies provide evidence to help policymakers understand specific conditions that typically lead up to financial crises. Recent research finds that rapid growth in the top income share and prolonged low labor productivity growth are robust predictors of crises. Moreover, if crises are preceded by these developments, then the subsequent recoveries are slower. This recent empirical evidence suggests that financial crises are not simply random events but are typically preceded by a prolonged buildup of macrofinancial imbalances.
FRBSF Economic Letter , Volume 2020 , Issue 10 , Pages 05

The economic outlook: the ‘new normal’ is now: remarks at The Economic Club of New York, New York City

Remarks at The Economic Club of New York, New York City.
Speech , Paper 310

Transcript of the Cornell College of Business Annual New York City Predictions Event: February 15, 2017

Transcript of the Cornell College of Business Annual New York City Predictions Event: February 15, 2017.
Speech , Paper 233



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