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Production technology estimates and balanced growth

Leon-Ledesma, Miguel A., McAdam, Peter, Willman, Alpo (2015) Production technology estimates and balanced growth. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 77 (1). pp. 40-65. ISSN 0305-9049. E-ISSN 1468-0084. (doi:10.1111/obes.12049) (KAR id:41699)


Capital-labor substitution and TFP estimates are essential features of many economic models. Such models typically embody a balanced growth path. This often leads researchers to estimate models imposing stringent prior choices on technical change. We demonstrate that estimation of the substitution elasticity and TFP growth can be substantially biased if technical progress is thereby mis-specified. We obtain analytical and simulation results in the context of a model consistent with balanced and near-balanced growth (i.e., departures from balanced growth but broadly stable factor

shares). Given this evidence, a Constant Elasticity of Substitution production function system is then estimated for the US economy. Results show that the estimated substitution elasticity tends to be significantly lower using a factor-augmenting specification (well below one). We are also able to reject conventional neutrality forms in favor of general factor augmentation with a non-negligible capital-augmenting component. Our work thus provides insights into production and supply-side estimation in balanced-growth frameworks.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/obes.12049
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Miguel Leon-Ledesma
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2014 09:50 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 06:14 UTC
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