Development Patterns of Material Productivity

Convergence or Divergence?

  • Larissa Talmon-Gros

Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
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  3. Theoretical Foundation and Existing Empirical Evidence

  4. Empirical Analysis of Material Productivity Convergence

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      Pages 109-109
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 179-210

About this book


Increasing concerns regarding the world’s natural resources and sustainability continue to be a major issue for global development. As a result several political initiatives and strategies for green or resource-efficient growth both on national and international levels have been proposed. A core element of these initiatives is the promotion of an increase of resource or material productivity. This dissertation examines material productivity developments in the OECD and BRICS countries between 1980 and 2008. By applying the concept of convergence stemming from economic growth theory to material productivity the analysis provides insights into both aspects: material productivity developments in general as well as potentials for accelerated improvements in material productivity which consequently may allow a reduction of material use globally.The results of the convergence analysis underline the importance of policy-making with regard to technology and innovation policy enabling the production of resource-efficient products and services as well as technology transfer and diffusion.​


Convergence Green Growth Material/Resource Productivity Panel Unit Root Tests Sustainability

Authors and affiliations

  • Larissa Talmon-Gros
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  1. 1.Faculty of Business, Economics and Social SciencesUniversity of HohenheimStuttgartGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-02537-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-02538-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-1933
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-7178
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