Services strengthen macroeconomic relevance of manufacturing industry

In line with the hypothesis that in the course of real income growth the structure of value added and employment shifts from the primary to the secondary to the tertiary sector of production the relevance of manufacturing industry shrinks. For Germany this secular trend was confirmed for all decades beginning with the year 1970. In this paper, however, the manufactured final products are the starting point of the analysis. Using the input-output method here, it is shown that as a result of the increasing interdependence between the service sector and manufacturing industry the manufactured final products absorb a growing share of the total value added.

05. October 2011

Authors Udo Ludwig Hans-Ulrich Brautzsch Brigitte Loose

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