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Productivity in the European Union: A Comparative Industry Approach

Productivity in the European Union: A Comparative Industry Approach

Objective

The aim of this research project is to analyse productivity in the European Union at the industry level. In order to be able to perform such analyses, a database on measures of economic growth, productivity, employment creation, capital formation and technological change at the industry level need to be created for all European Union member states from 1970 onwards. The database will be used for analytical and policy-related purposes, in particular by studying the relationship between skill formation, technological progress and innovation on the one hand, and productivity, on the other. To facilitate this type of analysis a link will also be sought with existing micro (firm level) databases. The research exploiting the newly created industry-level productivity database will provide an important input to policy evaluation, in particular for the assessment of the goals concerning competitiveness and economic growth potential as established by the Lisbon and Barcelona summits. The construction of the database should facilitate the sustainable production of high quality statistics using the methodologies of national accounts and input-output analysis. The input measures will include various categories of capital, labour, energy, material and service inputs. Productivity measures will be developed, in particular with growth accounting techniques. Several measures on knowledge creation will also be constructed. Substantial methodological and data research on these measures will be carried out to improve international comparability. There will be ample attention for the development of a flexible database structure, and for the progressive implementation of the database in official statistics over the course of the project. The balance in academic, statistical and policy input in this project is realised by participation of 14 organisations from across the EU, representing a mix of academic institutions and national economic policy research

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Coordinator

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN

Address

Broerstraat 5
Groningen

Netherlands

Administrative Contact

Bart VAN ARK (Professor)

Participants (16)

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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH

United Kingdom

CENTRE FOR ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS RESEARCH

Denmark

CPB NETHERLANDS BUREAU FOR ECONOMIC POLICY ANALYSIS

Netherlands

FEDERAAL PLANBUREAU

Belgium

INSTITUTO DI STUDI E ANALISI ECONOMICA

Italy

INSTITUTO VALENCIANO DE INVESTIGACIONES ECONOMICAS, S.A.

Spain

HELSINGIN KAUPPAKORKEAKOULU (HELSINKI SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS)

Finland

AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Austria

THE VIENNA INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC STUDIES

Austria

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL INSITUTE OF THE FREE UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

THE CONFERENCE BOARD EUROPE

Belgium

FACHHOCHSCHULE KONSTANZ

Germany

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom

PELLERVON TADOUDELLISEN TUTKIMUSLAITOKSEN KANNATUSYHDISTYS R.Y

Finland

CENTRE D'ÉTUDES PROSPECTIVES ET D'INFORMATIONS INTERNATIONALES

France

DEUTSCHES INSTITUT FÜR WIRTSCHAFTSFORSCHUNG E.V. BERLIN

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 502049

  • Start date

    1 September 2004

  • End date

    30 June 2008

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 214 708

  • EU contribution

    € 4 994 680

Coordinated by:

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN

Netherlands