The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Total Factor Productivity

  • Diego Comin
Reference work entry


Total factor productivity (TFP) is the portion of output not explained by the amount of inputs used in production. This article sets out the measurement and importance of TFP for growth, fluctuations and development as well as likely future directions of research.


Endogenous growth Innovation Patents Real business cycles Research and development Solow residual Technology Total factor productivity 

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I thank Steven Durlauf for helpful comments.


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