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(prō′dŭk-tĭv′ĭ-tē, prŏd′ək-)
1. The quality of being productive.
2. Ecology The rate at which photosynthesizing or chemosynthesizing producers form organic substances that can be used as food by consumers.


the amount of material in terms of BIOMASS or energy generated in a given time in an ECOSYSTEM over and above the STANDING CROP.


the amount or quality or value of the output of a food animal. Best measured in terms of the percentage productivity compared with a target based on productivity of peers. It is customary nowadays to state productivity in terms of return on capital invested, or per head of livestock or per hectare or per unit of workforce, and may be for a period, e.g. annual, lifetime, for a specific unit, e.g. farm, the dairy herd on a mixed farm.

productivity index
includes such items as wool yield per hectare, wins per race starts.
productivity marginal value
see marginal revenue.

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The results of this Commentary suggest that low productivity growth is not driving persistently negative real interest rates.
Policies that matter in basis points--or at most in tenths of percentage points--cannot explain fluctuations in productivity growth over long periods of time that are at least an order of magnitude larger.
That's what brings us back to Mason's arguments about the interplay between demand and productivity growth.
1 percentage points less productivity growth each year over a 50-year horizon would leave the economy 4.
3 percentage point of the labor productivity growth.
Based on this definition, they find that median compensation growth lagged labour productivity growth in 15 of 24 OECD countries over the 1995-2013 period.
In addition, a slower rate of productivity growth means that firms must hire more workers to meet rising demand, because it cannot make existing workers more productive.
But there has been relatively low productivity growth and a healthy rate of hiring.
Some countries with below-average productivity growth over the past 25 years, like Brazil, Russia and South Africa, have also seen much higher than average rates of inflation, Kleintop points out.
BBVA Compass economist Shushanik Papanyan says the recent slowdown in US productivity growth rates has been structural in nature, and she sees the rate staying low beyond the current cyclical decline and slow post-Great Recession recovery.
In the Solow model, growth of employment is associated with productivity growth that also allows growth of wages and profits (keeping the shares of labor and capital constant).
The practice in the literature is to proxy productivity growth or TFP growth by the residual from a standard growth model.

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