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Productivity Capability Index - 105 countries over 1981-2013

LEAD-Productivity Capability Index-105 countries over 1981-2013.xlsx

This database has been constructed in order to provide comparable measures of productivity capability across countries and over time. Each index oscillates between 0 and 1.

Data description:

Component indicators
Sources of data
Technology-Creation Index 1) Number of patent grants per 1 million people
2) Number of publications in scientific and technical journals per 1 million people
World Intellectual Property Organization, World Bank (WDI)
Technology-Infrastructure Index 3) Fixed broadband Internet subscribers per 100 people
4) Telephone fixed-lines per 100 people
5) Mobile cellular subscriptions per 100 people
6) Electric power consumption (kWh per capita)
World Bank (WDI)
Human-Skill Index 7) Literacy rate, adult total (% of people ages 15 and above)
8) Enrolment in tertiary education per 100,000 inhabitants
9) Mean years of schooling of adults
World Bank (WDI)
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Productivity Capability Index - Technology Creation Index
- Technology Infrastructure Index
- Human Skill Index

Main data characteristics:

1- With some modifications, we used the method developed by Archibugi and Coco (2004) in order to construct similar index.

2- All indicators are in non-monetary measures and have been expressed in normalized values in order to preserve the comparable feature of data across countries and over time.

Steps to index construction:

1- The missing observations have been filled using the averaged values of nearby observations. The countries with insufficient data have been excluded.

2- Data have been normalized by the country's population in order to be comparable with other countries' data.

3- The comparability feature of data has been emphasized using a method limiting the oscillation of measures between 0 and 1:

(Observed value-Minimum value of observations)/(Maximum value of observations-Minimum value of observations).

The values for telephone fixed-line and mobile cellular subscriptions, electric power consumption and enrolment in tertiary education have been used in natural logarithmic in order to reduce the worthless differences. In this case, the following formula is applied instead:

(ln(Observed value)-ln(Minimum value of observations))/(ln(Maximum value of observations)-ln(Minimum value of observations)).

4- The indices have been calculated as the simple average of the component indicators.


Archibugi D. and A. Coco (2004), A New Indicator of Technological Capabilities for Developed and Developing Countries (ArCo). World Development, 32 (4), pp. 629-654.


On line June 2014.


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