Skill and Australia's Productivity Surge

Staff research paper

Skill and Australia’s Productivity Surge by Paula Barnes and Sharon Kennard was released on 4 October 2002. The paper examines the changing demand for skills and the effect of increased skill on conventionally-measured productivity growth. Also see:


Cover, Copyright, Contents, Preface, Abbreviations, Key points

Changing patterns of demand for and supply of skills
Skill and the productivity surge

1 The context for this study
1.1 Objectives and scope of the paper

2 Changing skill profile of employment
2.1 Changing skill profile of employment
2.2 Measurement of skill
2.3 Trends in the skill profile of employment

3 Balance between the supply of and demand for skilled labour
3.1 Trends in the demand for and supply of skilled labour in Australia
3.2 Taking account of the efficiency of skill groups
3.3 Summary

4 The influence of skill on productivity
4.1 Labour services: taking account of changes in skill composition
4.2 Influence of skill on productivity
4.3 International perspective
4.4 Assessment

A Framework for supply and demand analysis and data specification
A.1 Theoretical framework
A.2 Data specification
A.3 Results
A.4 Summary

B Accounting for skill composition change in a productivity growth framework
B.1 Incorporating different types of labour
B.2 Adjusting MFP for skill composition

C Influences on skill composition change
C.1 Methodology
C.2 Results


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