Facing Up to Low Productivity Growth

Edited by Jeromin Zettelmeyer and Adam Posen

Peterson Institute for International Economics

Facing Up to Low Productivity Growth

Pub Date: September 2018

ISBN: 9780881327311

175 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $23.95£18.99

Pub Date: September 2018

ISBN: 9780881327328

175 Pages

Format: E-book

List Price: $19.99£14.99

Facing Up to Low Productivity Growth

Edited by Jeromin Zettelmeyer and Adam Posen

Peterson Institute for International Economics

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Labor productivity growth in the United States and other advanced countries has slowed dramatically since the mid-2000s, a major factor in their economic stagnation and political turmoil. Economists have been debating the causes of the slowdown and possible remedies for some years. Unaddressed in this discussion is what happens if the slowdown is not reversed.

In this volume, a dozen renowned scholars analyze the impact of sustained lower productivity growth on public finances, social protection, trade, capital flows, wages, inequality, and, ultimately, politics in the advanced industrial world. They conclude that slow productivity growth could lead to unpredictable and possibly dangerous new problems, aggravating inequality and increasing concentration of market power. Facing Up to Low Productivity Growth also proposes ways that countries can cope with these consequences.

About the Author

Jeromin Zettelmeyer has been a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics since September 2016 and was a nonresident senior fellow during 2013–14.

Adam S. Posen has been president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics since January 2013 after first joining in July 1997.