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Measuring the Energy Efficiency and Productivity Impacts of Embodied Technical Change

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  • Ernst Berndt
  • Charles Kolstad
  • Jong-Kun Lee

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Using data from the manufacturing sectors in the United States, Canada and France, we distinguish the energy efficiency and productivity impacts of embodied and unembodied technological progress. We find that technological progress embodied in new equipment is responsible for a surprisingly small proportion of productivity growth. We conclude the paper by interpreting this finding.

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Article provided by International Association for Energy Economics in its journal The Energy Journal.

Volume (Year): Volume 14 (1993)
Issue (Month): Number 1 ()
Pages: 33-56

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Handle: RePEc:aen:journl:1993v14-01-a02

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