The Conference Board International Labor Comparisons Program

The International Labor Comparisons program prepares trends of manufacturing labor productivity and unit labor costs that are comparable across countries. ILC examines country data series, identifies areas where concepts are not aligned, and adjusts series to a comparable basis. Productivity, unit labor costs, and underlying data series are available for 19 countries in North America, Europe, and Asia.

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Monthly U.S. and quarterly regional webcasts with forecasts and commentary along with a suite of economic indicators and analyses that provide a platform for strategic decision making. Complimentary for members of The Conference Board

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Clean Energy Innovation Seminar

05 - 06 April, 2016 (New York, NY)

The Pivotal Role of Clean Technology in the Global Economy

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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.

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The Conference Board Economics Watch® - Emerging Markets View

10 March, 2016 | Economics Watch®

Renewed turmoil in China's equity and currency markets in the first month of 2016 has stirred up uncertainty and pessimism around the globe. How will the slowdown in China's economy impact the rest of the world? CPE credit available

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12th Annual Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Relationship Management Conference
29 - 30 March, 2016 (Chicago, IL)

Clean Energy Innovation Seminar
05 - 06 April, 2016 (New York, NY)

Publications

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.

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.

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Webcasts

The Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View
09 March, 2016 | Economics Watch®

How is the short-term outlook evolving, and how will the upcoming "Brexit" referendum impact business in Europe? CPE credit available

The Conference Board Economics Watch® - Emerging Markets View
10 March, 2016 | Economics Watch®

Renewed turmoil in China's equity and currency markets in the first month of 2016 has stirred up uncertainty and pessimism around the globe. How will the slowdown in China's economy impact the rest of the world? CPE credit available

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