World Bank tackles productivity too

While assessing the challenges faced by the the global economy in 2016, the World Bank linked increased policy uncertainty, maturing global value chains, and low commodity prices to weakened trade growth. Indeed, one can read in the report Trade Developments in 2016 that this trend was characteristic to both high-income and developing economies and made 2016 the fifth consecutive year of slow trade growth and with the weakest performance in trade since the 2008 global financial crisis. Like the Federal Reserve (Fed)’s Chair Janet Yellen did recently, the World Bank tackled the growing issue of productivity growth that declined to 1 percent per year post-crisis from an average of 2 percent during 1994-2008.