The output cost of the global financial crisis

By David Turner and Patrice Ollivaud, OECD Economics Department Assessing the damage from the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) is not straightforward, even with the benefit of hindsight provided by ten years of history, because the counter-factual of what might have happened in its absence is unknowable. However, a simplistic, but commonly adopted approach, of comparing … More The output cost of the global financial crisis

The UK productivity puzzle through the magnifying glass: A sectoral perspective

Rafał Kierzenkowski, Gabriel Machlica and Gabor Fulop, Economics Department. Labour productivity has flatlined since the global financial crisis, which contrasts with its recovery profiles from past recessions over the last decades (Figure 1).  The productivity shortfall, defined as the gap between actual productivity and the level implied by its pre-crisis trend growth rate, reached nearly 20% … More The UK productivity puzzle through the magnifying glass: A sectoral perspective

Unblocking the productivity potential of local businesses in Ireland

By Yosuke Jin and Ben Westmore, Ireland Desk, OECD Economics Department. Irish GDP growth made headlines recently due to enormous upward revisions (e.g. + 25.6% for the sole year of 2015) related to the activities of a small group of multinationals. This raises the question of how much Irish productivity relies on multinational companies alone. … More Unblocking the productivity potential of local businesses in Ireland

Thailand 4.0: boosting productivity

By Hidekatsu Asada, Head of South East Asia Desk, Economics Department. Thailand has made commendable socio-economic progress since the 1970s and has set itself the goal of joining the group of high-income countries by 2036. To make that happen, the government has spelled out a Thailand 4.0 vision that involves a transformation to a more … More Thailand 4.0: boosting productivity

Mind the gaps: boosting productivity and reducing inequality in Chile

Antoine Goujard and Paula Garda, OECD Economics Department, Chile/Colombia desk Chile has been one of the fastest-growing economies in the OECD in recent decades. Sound macroeconomic management, bold structural reforms, such as trade and investment liberalisation, and buoyant natural-resource sectors, supported fast convergence in living standards (Panel A). However, progress has slowed: declining productivity gains … More Mind the gaps: boosting productivity and reducing inequality in Chile

Switzerland’s productivity puzzle: Being a leader and an underperformer

by Patrice Ollivaud, Economist, Switzerland Desk, OECD Economics Department Switzerland is among the leaders in many global rankings including on R&D, innovation, infrastructure, universities and competitiveness. It is well integrated in global value chains, specialised in some high-value-added activities and home of many large multinationals. These factors should contribute to high, and rising, labour productivity. … More Switzerland’s productivity puzzle: Being a leader and an underperformer

Zombie firms and weak productivity: what role for policy?

by Dan Andrews, Müge Adalet McGowan and Valentine Millot, Productivity Workstream, OECD Economics Department Weak productivity growth is a major problem afflicting our societies. It curbs growth in incomes and endangers the sustainability of our social security systems. An important, but often ignored, source of the productivity slowdown is the increasing prevalence of weakly productive firms … More Zombie firms and weak productivity: what role for policy?

Brighter futures or dashed expectations? The global recovery needs to deliver gains for all

By Lukas Lehner and Dorothée Rouzet, OECD Economics Department Global growth has gained momentum in 2017 and the economic recovery is moving forward, as shown in our latest Economic Outlook. Labour productivity is improving from its decade-long sluggishness. Yet, expected productivity gains still lag far behind pre-crisis norms, and will not be sufficient to set … More Brighter futures or dashed expectations? The global recovery needs to deliver gains for all

Where to get the best bang for the buck in the United Kingdom? Industrial strategy, investment and lagging regions

by Rafal Kierzenkowski, Head of UK Desk, Peter Gal, Economist, Productivity Workstream, and Gabor Fulop, Analyst at the UK Desk, OECD Economics Department The United Kingdom has large regional disparities in productivity which contribute to differences in living standards across the country, while its less productive regions also hold back overall economic performance (OECD, 2017). High … More Where to get the best bang for the buck in the United Kingdom? Industrial strategy, investment and lagging regions

How to make Belgian firms more productive

by Manav Frohde, Economist, OECD Economics Department A combination of market-based policies and a redistributive welfare state have helped Belgium achieved among the highest living standards in the OECD. While the economy remains highly productive, productivity growth has slowed  over the past two decades (Figure 1 & 2). Reinvigorating productivity growth will be necessary to … More How to make Belgian firms more productive