In industrial countries there is a strong interest in the international comparison of business data regarding productivity efficiency and competitiveness. This volume presents methods for the statistical analysis of micro- and macrodata of firms and for an international comparison of the aggregates. Case studies referring to specific countries play an important role for the development of economic hypotheses that should be tested at the international level.
Enterprise Groups: R.H. McGuckin, S.V. Nguyen: Exploring the Role of Acquisition of Firms: Is the 'Firm' the Right Unit of Analysis?- F. Boccara: The Role of French and Foreign Enterprise Groups in the French Productive System Internationalization.- V. Thollon-Pommerol: Enterprise Group: The French Methodology and Results.- A. Carone: Integration of Information in Enterprise Groups.- F. Boccara: Myths and Realities About Employment and Smes in France: The Role of Enterprise Groups (1984-1992).- International Comparison: R. Depoutot, P. Arondel: International Comparability and Quality of Statistics.- J.Y. Bienvenue, R. Depoutot, M. Radjabou: Sample Dependence: Theoretical Aspects and Illustrations.- R.S. Jarmin, K. Motohashi: The Role of Technology in Manufacturing Employment and Productivity Growth: A Cross Country Micro Data Analysis of Japan and the United States.- L. Badaloni, G. Galante, F.G. Baldessari: Quality Indicators for Statistical Surveys.- Efficiency, Productivity, Innovation and Other Factors: J.Y. Bienvenue: Dynamic Labour Demand Model for Heterogeneous Panels.- E.J. Bartelsman: Productivity and Specificity in Factor Inputs.- P. Blanchard, P. Sevestre: Is Maximal Efficiency Necessarily Optimal for Firms? A Panel Data Analysis of Firms Technical Efficiency Within an Efficiency Wage Framework.- M. Dilling-Hansen, T. Eriksson, E. Strojer Madsen, V. Smith: Productivity, Competition, Financial Pressure and Corporate Governance - Some Empirical Evidence.- K. Motohasi: Changing Nature of Japanese Firm? Technology Adoption, Organizational Structure and Human Resource Strategy.- B.M. Balk, G. Van Leewen: Parametric Estimation of Technical and Allocative Efficiencies and Productivity Changes: A Case Study.- S. Biffignandi, S. Bonzani, B. Rizzi: Efficiency of the Italian Banking Sector Via A Parametric Approach.- S. Laaksonen, I. Teikari: Analysis of Effects of Reconstructed Business Units on Employment and Productivity. Longitudinal Study Using Synthetic Units of Finnish Manufacturing.- M. Maliranta: Factors of Performance by Plant Generations. Some Findings from Finland.- F. Bacchini, A. Zeli: Efficiency and Optimal Size Estimation With Panel Data: The Case of Business Service and Building Sector in Italy.- G. Ferrari, P. Ganugi, G. Gozzi: Information Content of Balance Sheets for Quantitative Analysis of Industrial District.- S. Fabiani, G. Pellegrini, E. Romagnano, L.F. Signorini: Efficiency and Localisation: The Case of Italian Districts.- V. Hecquet, F. Lainé: Groups, SME, and Territories: A Statistical Typology of the Local Industrial Structures in France.- A. Hildreth, S. Pudney: Econometric Issues in the Analysis of Linked Worker-Employer Surveys.- G. Bruno, V. Corsini, R. Monducci: Dynamics of Italian Industrial Firms: Microeconomic Analysis of Performance and Labour Demand from 1989 to 1994.- M. Gold: The Influence of Adjustment Costs on Labour Adjustment: An Analysis Using Panel Data for Manufacturing Establishments in Lower Saxony.- V. Hecquet, D. Roualdès: Companies and Local Units: The Employment Trends in France.- E. Bartoloni, M. Baussola: Rank, Stock, Order and Epidemic Effects in the Diffusion of New Technologies in Italian Manufacturing Industries.- M.L. Giorgetti: Problems of Competitiveness Indicators.- A. Bottasso, M. Galeotti, A. Sembenelli: Financing Constraints and Markups: Further Evidence From Italian Firm Level Data.- L.P. Marasco: Measuring the Duration of Italian Enterprises on the European Market (1997).- R. Gismondi, A.P.M. Mirto: Trend of the Tourist Flows in Italian