Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
New Developments in Productivity Analysis$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Charles R. Hulten, Edwin R. Dean, and Michael Harper

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780226360621

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226360645.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 26 June 2022

Why Is Productivity Procyclical? Why Do We Care?

Why Is Productivity Procyclical? Why Do We Care?

(p.225) 7 Why Is Productivity Procyclical? Why Do We Care?
New Developments in Productivity Analysis
Susanto Basu, John Fernald
University of Chicago Press

This chapter takes up another theoretical issue that has challenged productivity analysis: the problem of short-run procyclical productivity fluctuations. Conventional analysis regards these fluctuations as a nuisance that obscures long-run movements in total factor productivity (also referred to as multifactor productivity). The chapter treats them as potentially interesting macroeconomic variables that need to be understood in their own rights. Several competing explanations are studied, including procyclical technology shocks, the effects of imperfect competition with increasing returns to scale, variable utilization of inputs over the business cycle, and resource reallocations over the cycle. A commentary is also included at the end of the chapter.

Keywords:   productivity analysis, business cycle, total factor productivity, multifactor productivity

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.