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Productivity in France and Germany

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Productivity in France and Germany Laurence Nayman and Deniz Ünal-Kesenci compare manufacturing output and productivity levels between Germany and France since German unification. While the French level of productivity in terms of labour, capital and their combination was below the German one in 1997 France took advantage of lower unit labour costs than Germany and caught up significantly over the 90s. Disparities between the eastern and the western Länder that resulted in a lesser productivity growth still remain large. But the commitment of the east to more high-tech production processes using skilled labour could turn in the future into competitiveness gains for all Germany. "The French-German Productivity Comparison Revisited: Ten Years after the German Unification" is published by the Centres d'Études Prospectives et d'Informations Internationales France and Germany.

By Centres d'Études Prospectives et d'Informations Internationales, France, Germany

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