Journal of Productivity Analysis

, Volume 43, Issue 3, pp 367–387 | Cite as

Decompositions of productivity growth into sectoral effects

  • W. Erwin DiewertEmail author


The paper provides some new decompositions of labour productivity growth and total factor productivity (TFP) growth into sectoral effects. These new decompositions draw on the earlier work of Tang and Wang (Can J Econ 37:421–444, 2004). The economy wide labour productivity growth rate turns out to depend on the sectoral productivity growth rates, real output price changes and changes in sectoral labour input shares. The economy wide TFP growth decomposition into explanatory factors is similar but some extra terms due to real input price change make their appearance in the decomposition.


Total factor productivity Labour productivity Index numbers Sectoral contributions to growth 

JEL Classification

C43 C82 D24 



The author thanks Bert Balk, Derek Burnell, Ricardo de Avillez, Alice Nakamura, Hiu Wei, Marshall Reinsdorf and two referees for helpful comments and gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the SSHRC of Canada.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EconomicsUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.School of EconomicsUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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