International Technical Cooperation

Measuring Productivity


July 13 - 17, 2015

Application deadline

June 13, 2015




This seminar is designed for economists, statisticians, researchers, analysts, and managers engaged in productivity measurement in national statistical programs. Participants should have an elementary knowledge of statistics and some experience in analyzing labor or social data.


To strengthen capabilities for the development and analysis of statistics on productivity by:

Program content

Productivity is one of the major determinants of the standard of living, since increases in productivity may result in higher real income and promote price stability. The measurement of productivity is an important element in the evaluation of the relative efficiency of factor utilization domestically and internationally. The analysis of trends in productivity, especially labor productivity, is a factor in the successful examination of occupational mobility, the projection of future employment opportunities, and the determination of future workforce and training policies.

The seminar includes discussions on the following topics:

Definitions and concepts

Methodology for calculating output per hour and multifactor productivity measures

Sources of data

Trend analysis

Application of trend measurements

Use of output per hour measurement

Use of multifactor productivity measurement

International productivity comparisons

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