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April 1988

Semiconductor productivity gains linked to multiple innovations

Mark Sieling

High productivity gains, especially in the 1970's, stemmed mainly from rapid improvements in product design and manufacturing techniques and processes. These factors were also present during the first half of the 1980's, but gains in output per employee hour were less than one-quarter of those registered in the 1970's?4.1 as against 16.6 percent per year.

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