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Labour productivity trends in Australian manufacturing: some time series properties

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Labour productivity plays a significant role in economic growth, labour demand and employment situation of a particular economy. In this light, the presence of a structural break in productivity, and its unit root property, has important consequences for the overall economy and in major sectors such as manufacturing. In this article, using some recently developed unit root tests, we examine: (i) the null hypothesis of a unit root in the log-level of labour productivity for 38 manufacturing subdivisions against the alternative of trend stationarity over a three-decade period; and (ii) the presence of a structural break in the series, and whether the break has had a permanent or a transitory effect on manufacturing labour productivity. Our main finding is that shocks to labour productivity have had a transitory effect, implying that policies are likely to have only short-term effects.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Economics, Monash University, Caulfield East, 3145 Australia 2: Griffith Business School, Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University, Australia

Publication date: October 1, 2010

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