Macroeconomic labour productivity and its impact on firm's profitability Academic Article uri icon


  • The construction industry is one of the largest sectors in the US economy, yet little is known about the key macroeconomic parameters that affect its industry's structure and performance. The main objectives of this research are (1) to analyse the macroeconomic performance of construction industry as a whole and at 14 of its sub-sectors in terms of labour productivity, gross margin, and worker's wages; and (2) to develop a quantitative model that predicts a firm's profitability by analysing various levels of labour productivity. The results of a non-linear regression analysis based on the comprehensive US Economic Census data show that the construction industry's sub-sectors with the highest productivity are the most profitable with regard to the gross margins that they are able to generate. This study and its model will help decision makers better assess macroeconomic performance and conduct trend analysis of the construction industry to serve as a basis for developing strategic roadmap for the future. 2013 Operational Research Society Ltd.

published proceedings

  • Journal of the Operational Research Society

author list (cited authors)

  • Choi, K., Haque, M., Lee, H. W., Cho, Y. K., & Kwak, Y. H.

complete list of authors

  • Choi, K||Haque, M||Lee, HW||Cho, YK||Kwak, YH

publication date

  • January 1, 2013 11:11 AM