Boosting productivity growth in Norway is important for aggregate output growth but also to help sustain the country’s high wages and and comprehensive public services. High production costs (and the need for high productivity to maintain these) underscores the importance of strong postives for businesses on other fronts, including in taxation, red tape and the quality and supply of labour.
- Generate fiscal space (through more efficient public spending) to lower the tax burden and shift away from income taxation towards indirect tax.
- Press-on with deregulation, encourage new “disruptive” business models, and expedite campaigns to cut red tape.
- In education reform focus on vocational and higher education.
- Address weakpoints in labour supply, in particular reform sick leave and disability benefit.
Source: OECD May 2017 Economic Outlook database.
IMF (2014), “Productivity Growth in Norway”, Selected Issues Paper, IMF Country Report No. 14/260, August, Washington.
Productivity Commission (2015), "Productivity – Underpinning Growth and Welfare”, Official Norwegian Reports, NOU: 2015:1.
von Brasch, T. (2015), “The Norwegian Productivity Puzzle – Not So Puzzling After All?” Discussion Papers No. 796, February, Statistics Norway.
Productivity - enhancing institutions
The Norwegian government set up the Productivity Commission in 2014 as an ad hoc task force to advice on how to strengthen productivity growth. The Commission presented its report in 2015.