After surging in 2020, global labor
productivity—defined as GDP per hour worked—stagnated in 2021 and is
forecast to stagnate again in 2022. The lack of productivity growth in 2022 is
driven in large part by the impact of the war in Ukraine, with weak output
growth but robust labor input growth. Furthermore, lingering effects of the
pandemic—driven by slowing growth in goods consumption and service sector
activities with below-average productivity levels coming back online —will
likely weigh negatively on 2022 growth rates.