Research Eric Bartelsman: Understanding and measuring productivity

Research Eric Bartelsman: Understanding and measuring productivity

Researcher: Eric Bartelsman
Department: Economics

The H2020 funded project MICROPROD will examine the empirical observation that productivity growth in the developed world has slowed down in the past decade despite both continuing technological innovation as well as greater openness to trade. Our objective is to provide explanations to this puzzle, improving our understanding of productivity and its drivers in general as well as the way that we measure it. 

Eric BartelsmanMICROPROD attempts to answer the following four set of questions: 

  1. Do we measure productivity correctly? We will gather relevant data and improve the methodologies used to measure productivity. This will be done in a comparative European perspective and with the help of statistical authorities. 
  2. Do we understand all the mechanisms at work, from intangible investments to integrating into global value chains? We will increase our understanding of how these mechanisms lead to new methods of production, in the way that inputs are combined to produce outputs. 
  3. What are the combined effects of globalisation and technological change in terms of their distributional impacts? Newly available micro-level data will allow us to provide evidence on the channels through which globalisation and technological change interact with financial and labour market imperfections and impact on the distributions of profitability and income, with  an analysis spanning both within and across countries. 
  4. Is the policy environment conducive to the new productivity environment? Are policies in place designed to support the new mechanisms at work and how can they be adapted in the EU context?

The research will be conducted over three years, and in a consortium of nine institutes:

  • Aarhus University
  • Bruegel Aisbl
  • Ecole d’Economie de Paris
  • Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftforschung Halle E.V.
  • Statistisches Bundesamt
  • Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi
  • University College London
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

In total the consortium received a grant of almost 3 million euro. Eric Bartelsman and Sabien Dobbelaere (both department of Economics) received €200.000 for their research.