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Title:The theoretical, conceptual and empirical impact of the service economy PDF Logo
Authors:Anderson, Brigitte
Corley, Marva
Issue Date:2003
Series/Report no.:WIDER Discussion Papers // World Institute for Development Economics (UNU-WIDER) 2003/22
Abstract:This paper offers a critical review of the conventional economic classification, measurement and valuation of output, and related performance indicators, for the service sector. The paper also explores and contrasts long-standing views on the service knowledge base and service innovations, as well as the global aspects of many services. A problem arises when historical industrial classification schemes treat services as being ‘immaterial’ (i.e. everything that is not manufacturing and agriculture), while ignoring that the activities of services in the economy, as well as the corporate structures of firms, transcend such classification schemes at any level of aggregation. Other problems arise when associated traditional analytical methods measure services input and output and related performance indicators using the same conceptual framework and indicators as those that are applied for problem solving for agriculture and manufacturing. Such entanglements have other and wider consequences for understanding the impact of the new economy and for designing appropriate policy. – services ; classification schedules ; output measurement ; productivity ; knowledge and innovation ; global economy
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Discussion Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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