Growth, Productivity & Competitiveness Publications

2016

  1. Wage-Productivity Growth Gap: An Analysis of Industry Data

    January 2016 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    The widening gap between labor productivity growth and real wage growth in the United States has attracted much attention in recent years. This paper provides an industrial and cross-country comparative perspective, which has been lacking so far in the literature.

  2. International Comparisons of Manufacturing Unit Labor Costs: Sources, Trends, and New Directions

    January 2016 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    Unit labor cost (ULC), defined as labor compensation per unit of output, is a widely used measure of international cost competitiveness. ULC trends, however, differ widely across countries and, traditionally, have been explained in terms of underlying movements in productivity, compensation, and exchange rates. This paper makes a first attempt to adjust unit labor cost measures for product quality differences in export baskets between countries, using unit values of exported products.

  3. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

    January 2016 | Economics Watch Reports

    Euro Area outlook remains positive, despite rising concerns about global growth outlook

2015

  1. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    December 2015 | Economics Watch Reports

    As the expansion proceeds, demand-side constraints are giving way to supply-side constraints.

  2. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

    December 2015 | Economics Watch Reports

    Euro Area economic recovery shows some signs of a slowing pace.

    Special topic: The European Commission’s investment plan is unlikely to change the subdued investment outlook in the short term.

  3. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

    November 2015 | Economics Watch Reports

    The Euro Area recovery proves resilient, and should continue to mature in 2016.

  4. Conference Board Economics Watch® Emerging Markets View

    November 2015 | Economics Watch Reports

    A modest recovery for emerging markets is projected for 2016, but downside risks remain significant.

  5. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    November 2015 | Economics Watch Reports

    The US economy is in good shape heading into the holiday season; the 2016 outlook and beyond remains modest.

  6. StraightTalk® Global Economic Outlook 2016: Escaping the Global Economy's Holding Pattern

    November 2015 | Key Business Issues

    In 2016, the global economy will continue on a slow growth track for the fifth consecutive year, as mature economies continue to fly at a low altitude and emerging markets slow.

  7. Global Growth Projections for The Conference Board Global Economic Outlook 2016

    November 2015 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    This paper presents the methodology for The Conference Board Global Economic Outlook 2016, including projections for 11 major regions and individual estimates for 33 mature and 32 emerging market economies for 2016, 2016-2020, and 2021-2025.