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Capital-Labor Ratios and Total Factor Productivity in the Balassa-Samuelson Model

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  • Kakkar, Vikas

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The paper investigates the relationship between sectoral capital-labor ratios and total factor productivity (TFP) in the context of the Balassa-Samuelson model. It is shown that, under certain assumptions, the model implies that both traded- and nontraded-goods sectors' capital-labor ratios should be cointegrated with the traded-goods sector's TFP. Evidence from an intersectoral database for 14 OECD countries broadly supports this implication of the model. In addition to shedding light on the evolution of sectoral capital-labor ratios, the results also alleviate concerns regarding the reliability of capital stock data. Copyright 2002 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Review of International Economics.

Volume (Year): 10 (2002)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 166-76

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Handle: RePEc:bla:reviec:v:10:y:2002:i:1:p:166-76

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Cited by:
  1. Romain Restout, 2008. "Monopolistic Competition and the Dependent Economy Model," Working Papers 0803, Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique (GATE), Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Université Lyon 2, Ecole Normale Supérieure.
  2. Yan, Isabel K. & Kakkar, Vikas, 2010. "The equilibrium real exchange rate of China: a productivity approach," MPRA Paper 35229, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Pham Van Ha & Tom Kompas, 2008. "Productivity and Exchange Rate Dynamics: Supporting the Harrod-Balassa-Samuelson Hypothesis through an ‘Errors in Variables’ Analysis," International and Development Economics Working Papers idec08-03, International and Development Economics.

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