Facing Up to Low Productivity Growth

Facing Up to Low Productivity Growth

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Labor productivity growth in the United States and other advanced countries has slowed dramatically since the mid-2000s, a major factor in their economic stagnation and political turmoil. Economists have been debating the causes of the slowdown and possible remedies for some years. Unaddressed in this discussion is what happens if the slowdown is not reversed. In this volume, a dozen renowned scholars analyze the impact of sustained lower productivity growth on public finances, social protection, trade, capital flows, wages, inequality, and, ultimately, politics in the advanced industrial world. They conclude that slow productivity growth could lead to unpredictable and possibly dangerous new problems, aggravating inequality and increasing concentration of market power. Facing Up to Low Productivity Growth also proposes ways that countries can cope with these consequences.
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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 167 x 232 x 19mm | 492g
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • 088132731X
  • 9780881327311
  • 1,378,182

About Adam Posen

Jeromin Zettelmeyer has been a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics since September 2016 and was a nonresident senior fellow during 2013-14. Adam S. Posen has been president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics since January 2013 after first joining in July 1997.
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