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An Empirical Model of Growth Through Product Innovation

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  • Rasmus Lentz

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    (Department of Economics, Boston University)

  • Dale T. Mortensen

    (Department of Economics, Northwestern University)

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Productivity dispersion across firms is large and persistent, and worker reallocation among firms is an important source of productivity growth. The purpose of the paper is to estimate the structure of an equilibrium model of growth through innovation. The model is a modified version of the Schumpeterian theory of firm evolution and growth developed by Klette and Kortum (2002). The data set is a panel of Danish firms than includes information on value added, employment, and wages. The model’s fit is good and the structural parameter estimates have interesting implications for the aggregate growth rate and the contribution of worker reallocation to it.

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Paper provided by Boston University - Department of Economics in its series Boston University - Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number WP2005-004.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2005
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Handle: RePEc:bos:wpaper:wp2005-004

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