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Hard-to-Measure Goods and ServicesEssays in Honor of Zvi Griliches$
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Ernst R. Berndt and Charles R. Hulten

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226044491

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226044507.001.0001

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Services Productivity in the United States: Griliches's Services Volume Revisited

Services Productivity in the United States: Griliches's Services Volume Revisited

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(p.413) 14 Services Productivity in the United States: Griliches's Services Volume Revisited
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Hard-to-Measure Goods and Services
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Barry P. Bosworth

Jack E. Triplett

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226044507.003.0015

This chapter examines problems associated with output measurement in the service industries of the economy, one of the most prominent hard-to-measure sectors. It begins by summarizing what has been learned from a number of the service-sector conferences held at the Brookings Institution over the last few years. These conferences ranged over issues in finance, insurance and banking, health and education, transportation, and trade. These are all sectors in which conventional measures of output are widely viewed as problematic and which Griliches (1994) dubbed as “unmeasurable” sectors. The chapter provides a brief assessment of current procedures for measuring the output of these sectors, and then presents estimates of the contribution of the service industries to the recent growth in overall productivity, which is substantial compared to earlier time periods.

Keywords:   output measurement, service industries, Brookings Institution, productivity

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