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Decomposition of temporal changes in construction labour productivity

Ma, Le and Liu, Chunlu 2016, Decomposition of temporal changes in construction labour productivity, International journal of construction management, Latest Article, pp. 1-13, doi: 10.1080/15623599.2016.1258755.

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Title Decomposition of temporal changes in construction labour productivity
Author(s) Ma, Le
Liu, Chunlu
Journal name International journal of construction management
Season Latest Article
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-12-22
ISSN 1562-3599
2331-2327
Keyword(s) Australia
construction
error correction model
four-component decomposition
labour productivity
seemingly unrelated regression
temporal change
Summary Construction productivity is recognized as an indicator reflecting the performance efficiency and competitiveness of the industry. A large amount of research has been carried out focusing on the decomposition of the influential factors and the temporal trends of construction productivity changes, respectively. However, the decomposition of the temporal changes in construction labour productivity has not yet been explored. Analogous to the framework of the productivity frontier, this research argues for a four-component decomposition of the temporal changes in construction labour productivity, including technology, technology-utilization efficiency, the capital-labour ratio and production capacity. An error correction model is subsequently estimated using the panel data regression method to investigate the effects of these components on the temporal changes in construction productivity across a sample of the Australian construction industry. The empirical results con?rm that the effects of the four components on the temporal changes in construction productivity changes vary over the observed time periods. From the aggregate level, the technology-utilization efficiency and capital-labour ratio across the regions are found to be barriers to growth in Australian construction productivity. Nevertheless, the effects of technology-utilization efficiency and production capacity varied significantly over the three sub-periods, when innovative national economic systems were introduced.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/15623599.2016.1258755
Field of Research 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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