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During your search you may have noticed that productivity measures for government operations ae distinctly missing. When I see something like that, I start looking there. I suspect that we would find a drop in productivity across total government operations, otherwise why would government hide their productivity measure?

It's very hard (and usually impossible) to measure productivity in the government sector, because there's no price for their output, and even quantities are hard to measure.

Government is too hard to measure. Likely the problem as government comprises about 50% of the economy.

Stephen, what is the policy about deleting posts?

We don't really have a fixed policy; each author has the discretion to delete comments after her/his post. But I can tell you that it's poor blogosphere form to make multiple, successive posts in the same thread and/or to hijack the discussion. Doing so repeatedly will irritate even the most congenial blogger to the point where comments end up being deleted.

"One of the questions that I've had is whether the more rapid productivity growth in aggregate was the result of (a) faster productivity growth across lots of sectors, or (b) concentrating the contraction on the sectors with lowest productivity growth, or (c) concentrating the contraction on those sectors with the lowest productivity levels, or (d) all of the above."

It seems to me that the areas with the highest price inflation (health care and education) and the lowest productivity growth fared the best.

"But I can tell you that it's poor blogosphere form to make multiple, successive posts in the same thread and/or to hijack the discussion."

What's the difference between that and trying to take postings, comments, and postings from other people/blogs to try to make points that standard economic models/assumptions need some modifications?

Here is an example. How many economists/public policy makers would even consider the idea that positive productivity growth could cause a recession?

Simon: If I understand correctly, the chart plots labour productivity from 3 US aggregate sectors, not employment growth as suggested in your introductory sentence.

Thanks for posting the chart. In a few years, it will be interesting to see how multi-factor productivity (MFP) growth indices performed during this period.

FWIW, I suspect that measured US productivity--labour and multi-factor--grew post-financial crisis for many sectors, but not all sectors. Now if IT is an influential driver of productivity growth I would expect to see similar productivity growth rates across many sectors.

Anyone have any ideas about the increased manufacturing productivity yet?
From what I'm reading operations researchers have their own stochastic models to estimate demand when working on their supply chain management, still looking for some relevant articles.
Can inventory reductions,eg free space on lots improve productivity? How exactly is it measured? From the Macleans convo in washington, the woman during question period representing manufacturers, said she and her members were pretty stoked about the future.
Do we have Spanish and Irish manufacturing productivity increases?

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