Productivity

What should the fifth U.S. economic recovery package look like? Rob Atkinson's op-ed in American Compass explains that it must address both the short-term and long-term health of the economy.
Productivity
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September 17, 2020
Reducing unemployment and getting the COVID-impacted economy back to some semblance of normality is clearly the top economic task.
August 24, 2020
Analysis of a survey of Swedish firms found that 65 percent of firms that conduct in-house software development had recently introduced a new product or service, compared to 46 percent for firms that contract out software development and 32 percent for firms that do no software development.
August 17, 2020
The U.S. Labor Department’s jobs report in February 2020 showed the country’s lowest rate of unemployment in 60 years. Two months later, it showed the highest rate of unemployment in 80 years.
July 20, 2020
What should the fifth U.S. economic recovery package look like? Rob Atkinson's op-ed in American Compass explains that it must address both the short-term and long-term health of the economy.
July 13, 2020
A major study from 2016 that found that Chinese imports increased European patent growth up to 30 percent between 1996-2005 had major coding flaws. The correct data show negative & insignificant changes due to Chinese competition.
July 6, 2020
A new study examines the number of researchers in the public and private sectors between 1981 and 2017 across 20 OECD countries, finding that a doubling of private researchers increases productivity growth by 4.3 to 7.2 percent, while doubling public researchers increases productivity growth by 6.1 to 20.6 percent.
July 6, 2020
According to press reports, both the U.S Attorney General and most state attorneys general will file one or more antitrust cases against Google sometime this summer. If true, the United States would be going down a path already well-trod by the European Commission, which has conducted three antitrust cases against the company.
July 2, 2020
While economic policy should do more to reduce income inequality and Congress should seriously consider world-class worker training and adjustment assistance programs, our nation is doomed to second-class status if we cannot support all forms of productivity, including worker-replacing automation.
June 22, 2020
Labor productivity growth during the U.K.'s Industrial Revolution averaged below 0.4 percent from 1770 to 1830, and only gradually increased to about 0.8 percent in 1860.
May 26, 2020
The changing rate of technological advancement is a large source of controversy, with fears of both acceleration and stagnation. A new paper has sought to examine more granularly where this growth is occurring, identifying 1,757 technology domains and assessing the importance of new patents in those domains from 1976 to 2015.

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