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Productivity gains are the key factor in increasing material prosperity in the long term. However, in many advanced economies productivity growth has slowed down in recent decades. Therefore, the analysis of long-term sources of growth plays an important role.

The German government has assigned the German Council of Economic Experts the task of acting as the national committee for productivity with effect from 1 August 2019. On recommendation of the Council of the European Union these committees are to be set up in all member states as independent expert bodies and shall examine how productivity and competitiveness can be improved. The Council of Economic Experts will publish a national productivity report each year and support the exchange of views at home and abroad in this function.



First National Productivity Dialogue in Germany

The National Productivity Dialogue took place on 10 February for the first time. The German Council of Economic Experts has organised the Dialogue as National Productivity Board together with the representation of the European Commission in Berlin.

German Council of Economic Experts will be appointed as National Productivity Board

The federal government will assign the task of the National Productivity Board to the German Council of Economic Experts. Hereby, it implements a recommendation by the Council of the European Union as of 20 September 2016.



Öffentliche Investitionen: Wie viel ist zu wenig?

Working Paper 01/2019 by Désirée I. Christofzik, Lars P. Feld and Mustafa Yeter

Bedingt abwehrbereit: Deutschland im digitalen Wandel

Working Paper 03/2016 by Steffen Elstner, Lars P. Feld and Christoph M. Schmidt