The slowdown in Finnish productivity growth
This report analyses the trends in Finnish productivity growth over the 2000s and 2010s. It describes its key features, makes comparisons to a benchmark of 16 OECD countries, and studies the causes of its sudden and prolonged slowdown which began at the end of the 2000s. The analysis focuses on the role of two contemporaneous demand shocks that hit the Finnish economy: the Nokia crisis and the Great Trade Collapse of 2009.
Matching detailed firm-based information on structural characteristics of productivity growth with global input-output tables and National Accounts data, the report highlights how the prolonged drop in demand from the domestic computer and electronics sector may have induced a persistent drag on Finnish productivity growth.
The report concludes with policy implications to strengthen Finnish resilience to idiosyncratic shocks to key sectors or large firms, while supporting long-term productivity growth and competitiveness.
Outi Jurvanen, Sara Calligaris, Auri Lassi, Francesco Manaresi, Rudy Verlhac (2023): The slowdown in Finnish productivity growth. OECD SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INDUSTRY, POLICY PAPERS, February 2023 No. 139