Indicators for evaluating international performance in service sectors (INDICSER)

Department(s)/ Research Infrastructure
Public Economics Firms and Markets
Project Status
Completed Project
Project Duration
since/from 2010 to 2012
Commissioned by
EU Commission, Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Project Manager
Erika Schulz
Project Team/Contacts at DIW Berlin


The INDICSER project has the aim to identify and develop performance indicators of service sectors in attempting to understand economic developments in these sectors and their impact on aggregate growth. Therefore, the main objective of the INDICSER project is to develop indicators which are able to provide information on the determinants of growth in service sectors in the European Union.

To this end, the indicators need to fulfil the following criteria.

  • The indicators need to cover measures of industry-level output, input and productivity growth
  • The indicators need to cover determinants of productivity, such as innovation, technology and market environments
  • The indicators need to be feasible and internationally comparable
  • The indicators need to be relevant and useful for economic and social policy analysis

These requirements put constraints on the possible sets of indicators to be developed but at the same time ensure that they are collected in a coherent framework, maximizing their usefulness for the users. The INDICSER project will explore indicators in two broad groups, indicators for market services and indicators for non-market services, reflecting the very different measurement issues and states of development in the two.

The main areas covered for non-market services are similar but reflect the existing lack of knowledge for these sectors. Hence a first objective must be to consider what indicators should we be measuring and how these relate to measures in use for market services. This will be followed by analyses of data issues and practical importance. For non-market services such as health and education, the main emphasis will be on measuring output and applying novel concepts of output measurement to a wide range of EU countries. Many ideas have been put forward in recent years (e.g. Atkinson Report, 2005), but so far internationally comparable implementation has not progressed.

Thus the overall objective is to produce a comprehensive summary on indicators that might be measured, the feasibility of estimating these indicators given current data constraints and a series of recommendations that will inform the using community of national and international statistical offices and policy makers. The combined objectives of the INDICSER project are designed to add significantly to knowledge on the appropriate indicators for policy relating to ensuring dynamic well functioning service sectors in Europe. At the heart of the project are concerns that such indicators should be valid in terms of concepts and measurement methods and feasibility of data collection but should also have value in terms of their usefulness for policy and international comparability.



Diskussionspapiere extern (2012)

Health Capital: An Application for Germany, Hungary, Spain and the UK

Francisco Goerlich, Juan Perez Ballaster, Antonia Huttl, Mary O'Mahony, Erika Schulz, Lucy Stokes
Diskussionspapiere extern (2012)

Approaches to Calculate CWOI for DRG Hospitals in Germany

Erika Schulz
Diskussionspapiere extern (2012)

Intangible Capital, Risk and Interindustry Differences in Rates of Return: Evidence from Germany

Bernd Görzig, Martin Gornig, Axel Werwatz
Diskussionspapiere extern (2011)

Measuring the Productivity of the Healthcare Sector: Theory and Implementation

Antonia Huttl, Matilde Mas, Agnes Nagy, Guldem Okem, Mary O'Mahony, Erika Schulz, Lucy Stokes