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Capital-Labour Substitution In Uk Armed Forces

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  • Peter Macdonald

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This paper estimates the elasticity of substitution (σ) between military personnel and other military inputs, building on a study by Ridge and Smith published in 1991. The major difference is that this paper uses data on the average military wage, which Ridge and Smith did not, allowing a much more flexible specification of both the demand and supply equations. Accounting for a structural break at the end of the Cold War, it finds σ likely to be some small positive number, much lower than previous estimates suggest.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Defence and Peace Economics.

Volume (Year): 17 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 141-153

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Handle: RePEc:taf:defpea:v:17:y:2006:i:2:p:141-153

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Keywords: Elasticity of substitution; Military manpower; Military labour;

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  1. MacDonald, Peter, 2013. "Labour substitution and the scope for military outsourcing," MPRA Paper 46688, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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