The IMF Country Reports Series covers economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with officials of the country, is published at the option of the member.
This Selected Issues paper on Portugal reviews the considerations regarding productivity slowdown. The favorable evolution of income growth from the 1970s to the mid-1990s in Portugal was associated with above-average productivity growth but also reflected a more moderate decline in the amount of hours worked than that experienced in other countries in Europe. Portugal was an outstanding performer with double-digit productivity increases in large several high-tech industries. The evidence suggests that the negative impact of high labor adjustment costs on productivity is more intense for small- and medium-size companies and depends on the nature of wage-bargaining systems.