Lovejoy, Robert M.
July 1968
Industrial & Labor Relations Review;Jul68, Vol. 21 Issue 4, p570
Academic Journal
The article presents a study that projects the growth of output per worker in Italian agriculture. The significance of such an estimate arises because growth rates of farm output per worker and of labor leaving the land are positively correlated. Since Italy has a high concentration of employment in agriculture, the growth rate of labor productivity in this sector could significantly influence the incremental growth of the nonfarm labor force. Through its impact on the volume of resources available to other sectors, the growth rate of labor productivity in agriculture can affect growth capabilities of the entire economy. The objective of the study presented in this article is to establish a minimum reasonable estimate of the growth rate of output per worker for the near term. With little change likely in the size of the total labor force and with the unemployment rate currently standing at 3.6 percent, the magnitude of productivity gains and that of the intersectoral labor transfers may have important implications for the nonfarm economy.


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