Measuring Productivity Dispersion

Eric J. Bartelsman, Zoltan Wolf

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Measuring the dispersion of productivity or efficiency across firms in a market or industry is rife with methodological issues. Nevertheless, the existence of considerable dispersion now is well documented and widely accepted. Less well understood are the economic features and mechanisms underlying the magnitude of dispersion and how dispersion varies over time or across markets. On the one hand, selection mechanisms in both output and input markets should favor the most productive units through resource reallocation, thereby reducing dispersion. On the other hand, innovation and technological uncertainty tend to increase dispersion. This chapter presents a guide to the measurement of dispersion and provides empirical evidence from a selection of countries and industries using a variety of methodologies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Handbook of Productivity Analysis
EditorsEmili Grifell-Tatjé, C.A. Knox Lovell, Robin C. Sickles
PublisherOxford University Press
Chapter18
Number of pages41
ISBN (Electronic)9780190226718
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018

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Bartelsman, E. J., & Wolf, Z. (2018). Measuring Productivity Dispersion. In E. Grifell-Tatjé, C. A. K. Lovell, & R. C. Sickles (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Productivity Analysis Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190226718.013.18
Bartelsman, Eric J. ; Wolf, Zoltan. / Measuring Productivity Dispersion. Oxford Handbook of Productivity Analysis. editor / Emili Grifell-Tatjé ; C.A. Knox Lovell ; Robin C. Sickles. Oxford University Press, 2018.
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Bartelsman EJ, Wolf Z. Measuring Productivity Dispersion. In Grifell-Tatjé E, Lovell CAK, Sickles RC, editors, Oxford Handbook of Productivity Analysis. Oxford University Press. 2018 https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190226718.013.18