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The effect of inflation and real wages on productivity: new evidence from a panel of G7 countries

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This article examines the effect of inflation and real wages on productivity within a panel unit root and panel cointegration framework for the G7 countries over the period 1960 to 2004. The main contribution of the article is to provide panel long-run estimates of the effect of inflation and real wages on productivity in the G7 countries over this period. The article finds that for the panel as a whole a 1% increase in real wages generates a 0.6% increase in productivity, while the effects of inflation on productivity are statistically insignificant for most of the individual countries and for the panel as a whole.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia 2: Department of Economics, Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Publication date: April 1, 2009

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