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It is a paradox that the industry's own tankesmie understand so little of the business world

" previous week attempting Civitas Mats Kirkebirkeland to go in straight with my contention that the values in the Uk are created along the coast. He is based on figures from Statistics Norway show that gross domestic product (GDP) per capita is the highest in the capital.

It is tempting to point out that Kirkebirkelands STATISTICS norway-figures benefits of Norway's oil income evenly throughout the country and not for the counties where there are working people in the oil industry. It gives the undeniable oljefylket Rogaland a certain handicap when our most important industry be lubricated thin beyond completely Norgeskartet.

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But this debate is too important to drown in the usual kjeklingen between the east and the west. The central question in the controversy between me and Mats Kirkebirkeland is not really whether or not the created values in Oslo, but what types of economic activity that creates prosperity in a society.

In the Mats Kirkebirkelands world is every penny earned as good. A spindoktor creates as much value as a midwife, a Civita-employed driver for value creation on a par with the one that melts the aluminum. How much value a person contributes is determined primarily by the salary he gets. If a børsmegler earn ten million a year, he makes 20 times more value than a fish with a half a million in annual salary.

using numbers in this way, Kirkebirkeland miss at least three central moments.

For the first has eksportverdier a distinctive significance for the Norwegian economy. It doesn't matter if we export goods or services, but some in foreign countries must therefore be willing to buy.

we Look at Norwegian exports, which was at just under 1000 billion in the last year, we see that 748 billion – three-quarters – comes from oil and gas, fish and aluminium. It is this business that allows the Uk to import cars, computers and everything else that we don't produce.

secondly ignore the Kirkebirkeland what is the reason that Norway is a rich country. A Norwegian bus driver is not a hundred times more productive than a bus driver in Malawi. How can salary levels for the Norwegian bus driver still be a hundred times higher than that of his malawian colleague? It is because Norway is a rich country with a high wage level. Why is it so? Yes, because Norway is industrialized and has high productivity compared with Malawi.

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salary levels are determined in the high performance industry, and other industries follow suit. And this applies not only to the bus driver: Why is the Norwegian eiendomsmeglerens fees so much higher than his counterpart in Warsaw? It is not the quality of the real estate agents that operates the Norwegian house prices, to say it that way.

And here we come to the third: the Industry has played and still plays a distinctive role as a driver for innovation and technology. Many people have an impression that the industry is old-fashioned. It is a mistake. Norwegian industrial companies, whether we're talking oil companies, shipyards, supplier companies or what it should be, is high-tech. There is more technology in the game in a verftshall than in a startup lab.

In many sectors, it is limited what kind of innovations you can (and should) do. Menneskenære services are not better off that you perform them twice as fast. But the industry is twice as good when it produces the goods in half the time. This makes industrial development a central concern for most politicians, and it is not without reason that both the EUROPEAN union and our own Norwegian trade and industry minister has been working frantically with strategies for new industrireisning.

The vast majority of which contributes in Norwegian working life doing an important job, whether they are nurses, it consultants, kassadamer, telemarketers, smelteverkarbeidere, fishermen, farmers, or what it should be. Even a and the other a stockbroker, we may have a need for.

This is not a debate about that some people are worth more or do more important jobs than others. But as a society we have to understand the industry's importance for Norwegian exports, the Norwegian wage level in general and technology development and innovation.

It is a paradox that the industry's own tankesmie Civita seems to understand so little of these context

No, Mímir Kristjánsson. The value added in Oslo is higher than on the west coast Columnist
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