Produktivitet i bygg- och anläggningssektorn

Productivity in the construction industry

The starting point for this report is that productivity in the construction industry grows at a slower pace than in other parts of society. One purpose of this report is to explore whether this observation is specific to Swedish conditions. An international comparison establishes that the development in Sweden is not systematically different than in several EC countries. Therefore, the problem of weak productivity development in construction seems to be generic. Based on this, the report addresses aspects that may extend the understanding of the backlog. One possible reason is related to the way in which input prices are handled and another to the difference between the quantity of inputs in the contract compared to actual inputs. A combination of these inputside reasons is also considered. This includes a discussion on the choice of cost index for monitoring cost (productivity) changes over time. One conclusion is that the Consumer Price Index should be used to compare developments in the construction and civil engineering sector with developments in other sectors. Another conclusion is that today's approach to measuring price and productivity trends in industry has problems measuring the development of quality over time. Part of the negative trend is likely to be attributed to this explanation. The report also highlights the possibilities of using microdata to identify possible explanations for the development. By this is meant the analysis of contracts that are signed between the client (for example, the Swedish Transport Administration) and the contractors who carry out new construction and maintenance. It is demonstrated how this approach can be used to deepen the understanding of the weak productivity development. This makes it possible to identify changes to the way in which contracts are designed in order to strengthen the long-term development of the industry.


  • Swedish

Media Info

  • Pagination: 47p
  • Serial:
    • VTI Rapport
    • Issue Number: 1049
    • Publisher: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
    • ISSN: 0347-6030

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01751461
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • Files: ITRD, VTI
  • Created Date: Sep 8 2020 2:38PM