Energy Use, Technical Progress and Productivity Growth: A Survey of Economic Issues

Ernst R. Berndt


Ernst R. Berndt, March 1990This is a survey paper for non-specialists on interactions between energy and productivity growth. The first half of the paper surveys the general economic literature linking technical progress to realized gains in productivity growth. The second half of the survey focuses in particular on the important role of energy in linking technical progress to productivity growth, and contains an overview of a great deal of literature, both classic and recent.