Keywords: Productivity, microdata
Abstract: This paper reviews research that uses longitudinal microdata to document
productivity movements and to examine factors behind productivity growth.
The research explores the dispersion of productivity across firms and
establishments, the persistence of productivity differentials, the
consequences of entry and exit, and the contribution of resource
reallocation across firms to aggregate productivity growth. The research
also reveals important factors correlated with productivity growth, such
as managerial ability, technology use, human capital, and regulation.
The more advanced literature in the field has begun to address the more
difficult questions of the causality between these factors and
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