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Aggregation of economic growth rates and of its sources

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  • Zelenyuk, Valentin

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In this paper we consider the question of measuring aggregate economic growth and its sources. We derive a theoretically justified solution for aggregating (across firms, industries, countries, etc.) growth rates and their sources within the framework of Solow's (1957) growth accounting method. The resulting aggregation scheme turns out to be quite intuitive and, in fact, the one that is sometimes used in practice, but with theoretical justification missing and so the main value of our work is that our formal derivations show under what conditions this scheme has economic theory justification. We also provide a small empirical illustration of our method on the real data set and show how different the conclusions can be depending on the aggregation scheme used.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Journal of Operational Research.

Volume (Year): 212 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
Pages: 190-198

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:212:y:2011:i:1:p:190-198

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Keywords: Growth accounting Productivity Aggregation;

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  1. Fare, Rolf & Zelenyuk, Valentin, 2004. "Aggregation of Scale Elasticities Across Firms," MPRA Paper 28055, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 11 Jan 2010.
  2. Valentin Zelenyuk, 2012. "Aggregation of Scale Efficiency," CEPA Working Papers Series WP042012, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.

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