Is the Productivity Crisis Coming to an End?

14 June, 2017 11:00 AM ET [11:00] (New York), 03:00 PM UTC [15:00] | (1 hr) | Time Zone Converter

Global labor productivity growth stabilized in 2016 vis-à-vis 2015, bringing the ongoing decline of the past 4-5 years to a halt. However, when looking at total factor productivity (TFP) growth, negative growth rates persisted into 2016 though at slightly more moderate levels than in 2015 – as weak employment and capital growth overcompensated the slowdown in global output growth. For 2017 we project a moderate uptick in labor productivity growth due to cyclical forces, though by no means a return to pre-crisis growth rates or the long term trend. US labor productivity growth improves significantly from its 2016 performance, as labor growth – especially total hours growth – is expected to slow more due to tightening labor markets.

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Brian Schaitkin

Brian Schaitkin
Senior Economist
The Conference Board

Brian Schaitkin is a Senior Economist in U.S. Economic Outlook & Labor Markets at The Conference Board. He is part of a team working to expand The Conference Board’s previous work on labor shortages. In addition, he will be leading efforts to expand coverage of regional economies in the...Full Bio

Bart van Ark

Bart van Ark
Executive Vice President, Chief Economist & Chief Strategy Officer
The Conference Board

Bart van Ark is executive vice president, chief economist, and chief strategy officer of The Conference Board. He leads a team of almost two dozen economists in New York, Brussels, and Beijing who produce a range of widely watched economic indicators and growth forecasts and in-depth global econo...Full Bio

Gad Levanon, Ph.D.

Gad Levanon, Ph.D. (Host)
Chief Economist, North America
The Conference Board

Gad Levanon serves as chief economist, North America at The Conference Board. He oversees the labor market program, the U.S forecasting program, and the Help Wanted OnLine© program.

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