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Productivity and its Determinants: Innovation, Education, Efficiency, Infrastructure, and Institutions

November 28, 2017

DECRG Kuala Lumpur Seminar Series

  • Based on an extensive literature review, we identify the five main determinants of economic productivity as innovation, education, market efficiency, physical infrastructure, and institutional infrastructure (institutions). We construct indexes representing each main determinant as a linear combination of representative indicators, and assess the relative contribution of the indexes to the variation of productivity across 65 countries for the period 1985−2011. We quantify the relationship between the productivity growth and an overall determinant index. The results show that the variation of productivity is the most sensitive to physical infrastructure, followed by education, market efficiency, innovation, and institutional infrastructure. The overall determinant index has a positive relationship with the productivity growth.

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  • Young Eun Kim

    Economist, Development Research Group

    Young Eun Kim is an economist in the Development Research Group based in the Malaysia office. Her current research is on the drivers of total factor productivity and challenges in achieving universal health coverage. She holds a PhD in health economics from the University of Basel (2015) and an M.S. in statistics from the University of Chicago (2007). Before joining the World Bank, she worked at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute as a health economist/PhD researcher (2012–2015).


  • WHEN: Tuesday, November 28, 2017; 12:30-2:00PM
  • WHERE: World Bank Malaysia Office, Level 3, Sasana Kijang, No. 2, Jalan Dato’ Onn
  • RSVP: Kindly RSVP by Monday, November 27, 2017