Capital quality improvement and the sources of economic growth in the Euro area


Plutarchos Sakellaris and Focco Vijselaar

Fostering growth is a top policy objective, and the new European Commission President has made "jobs and growth" his top priority. In Capital Quality Improvement and the Sources of Economic Growth in the Euro Area, Plutarchos Sakellaris and Focco Vijselaar evaluate the sources and speed of European growth adjusting the prices of new capital goods to reflect the improvement in quality embodied in them. They find that quality-adjusting Euroland's GDP data implies an even more pronounced slowdown in output growth in the 1990s, and that Europe's lacklustre technological progress seems to be responsible for even more of the EU's inferior growth performance.

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In 2005, Economic Policy celebrates 20 years at the forefront of economic policy debate. Over the two decades since its inception, Economic Policy has earned a reputation around the world for publishing the best, cutting-edge analyses of a wide range of key economic issues as they emerge. In fact Economic Policy has published some of the most cited studies anywhere in the world - on financial crises, deregulation, unions, the euro and other pressing international topics.

Articles in Economic Policy are specifically commissioned from first-class economists and experts in the policy field all over the world. Their brief is to illuminate topical policy issues by combining the insights of modern economics with the best available evidence. The presentation is incisive and written in plain language accessible to a wide range of participants in the policy debate.

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