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Industrial Dynamics And The Neoclassical Growth Model

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  • WILLIAM F. BLANKENAU
  • STEVEN P. CASSOU

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"This paper studies industry-level dynamics and demonstrates the ability of a modified neoclassical growth model to capture a range of empirical facts. The paper begins by using U.S. data to document skilled and unskilled labor trends within industry sector classifications as well as industry sector output trends. Using Current Population Survey data from 1968 to 2004, it is shown that the ratio of skilled workers to unskilled workers employed has risen in all industries. The absolute increase in this ratio was larger in the more skilled industries, while the growth rate was larger in the less skilled industries. Furthermore, using national income account data, it is shown that relatively high-skilled industries have accounted for an increasing share of output over time. A version of the neoclassical growth model is then constructed to match these observations. One important feature of this model is a structure that introduces new goods into the economy at each moment of time. The model is able to capture a rich set of labor market movements between sectors and between skill levels as well as changes in the relative output shares across industries, yet preserves many nice features of the neoclassical growth model."("JEL" E13, J20, 030) Copyright (c) 2009 Western Economic Association International.

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Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Economic Inquiry.

Volume (Year): 47 (2009)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 815-837

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ecinqu:v:47:y:2009:i:4:p:815-837

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  1. Vázquez Pérez, Jesús & Cassou, Steven P., 2009. "Employment comovements at the sectoral level over the business cycle," DFAEII Working Papers 2009-.06, University of the Basque Country - Department of Foundations of Economic Analysis II.

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