ERIC Number: ED226198
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
What's Happening to American Labor Force and Productivity Measurements? Proceedings of a Conference Sponsored by the National Council on Employment Policy (Washington, D.C., June 17, 1982).
Upjohn (W.E.) Inst. for Employment Research, Kalamazoo, MI.
This volume contains four papers presented at a 1982 conference sponsored by the National Council on Employment Policy. It begins with a brief policy statement warning that labor force and productivity data systems face deterioration because of budget cuts that have forced a decline in the quality and quantity of the published information and curtailment of needed research. Each of the papers, presented by a leading economic or statistical analyst, examines one part of the system. The first, by Leon Taub, explores the extent to which the Current Population Survey can aid in answering key policy questions relating to macroeconomic, labor market, and welfare issues. In the second presentation, by Robert Taggart, new measures of labor market-related economic hardships are proposed to supplement existing labor force and poverty statistics. The third paper, by Elliot Grossman and George Sadler, cautions that conventional productivity measures concentrating on labor are overstating productivity growth. To properly capture the substitution of capital for labor and labor for capital, the need for up-to-date measures of total factor productivity is emphasized. The fourth paper, by Orley Ashenfelter and Gary Solon, emphasizes that longitudinal data collection should not be halted, since such data provide insights unobtainable from cross-sectional data. A conference summary, by Sar A. Levitan, based on selective hearing is also provided. (YLB)
Descriptors: Conference Proceedings, Data, Data Collection, Data Processing, Databases, Economic Research, Employment, Information Systems, Labor Economics, Labor Force, Productivity, Statistical Data, Unemployment
W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 300 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 ($11.95; quantity discounts available).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Council on Employment Policy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Upjohn (W.E.) Inst. for Employment Research, Kalamazoo, MI.