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General Science and Engineering Indicators
R&D Investment Patterns
S&E Workforce Development
Knowledge Output

Selected Education Indicators
High School Completion Patterns
High School Teachers
Higher Education Enrollments

Selected Global Marketplace Indicators
R&D share of GDP in Selected Countries
Annual Productivity Growth in Selected Countries
World Share of Value-Added Revenues of High-Technology Manufacturing
World Share of Value-Added Revenues for Market-Oriented, Knowledge-Intensive Services


Productivity is growing faster in China and India than in many other countries including the United States.

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Why is this indicator important?

  • Productivity growth occurs when there is growth in output not attributable to growth in inputs (such as labor, capital and natural resources).
  • This type of growth is often associated with technological innovation, for example, the diffusion of information and communications technologies across industries and sectors of the economy.

Key Observations

  • China has been the productivity growth rate leader for the past decade, with productivity growth of 8.7% per year, on average, since 2000, though India has increased to roughly 6.5% per year in 2005-2006.

Related Discussion

  • While growth in productivity has slowed in the United States in recent years, growth in labor inputs has increased, in part offsetting productivity as a contributor to GDP growth.