Cécile Denis, Kieran McMorrow and Werner Röger (Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs)
(European Economy. Economic Papers. 208. July 2004.
Brussels. 109pp. Tab. Free.)
KC-AI-04-208-EN-C ISBN: 92-894-7875-6 ISSN: 1725-3187
These EU-US differences are mirrored at the EU Member State level, with simple measures of dispersion indicating that individual country divergences relative to the average EU performance have grown by close to 50 per cent in the 1990s compared with the 1980s. These extra- and intra-EU divergences in economic fortunes have been the subject of intense research efforts in recent years, with policy makers keen to decipher the reasons for their own respective outturns and to further refine the “magic formula” for boosting their long run growth performances.
The present study will contribute to this ongoing debate regarding the sources of growth in general, with specific attention being devoted to productivity determinants given their importance in shaping medium to long run changes in living standards.