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Mapping prices into productivity in multisector growth models

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  • Ngai, Liwa Rachel
  • Samaniego, Roberto

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Two issues related to mapping a multi-sector model into a reduced-form value-added model are often neglected: the composition of intermediate goods, and the distinction between the productivity indices for value added and for gross output. We illustrate their significance for growth accounting using the well known model of Greenwood, Hercowitz and Krusell (1997), who find that about 60% of economic growth can be attributed to investment-specific technical change (ISTC). When we recalibrate their model to account for the composition of intermediates, we find that ISTC accounts for an even greater share of post-war US growth.

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Keywords: growth accounting; Intermediate goods; investment-specific technical change; multisector growth models; value added;

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  1. L. Rachel Ngai & Roberto M. Samaniego, 2008. "Mapping Prices into Productivity in Multisector Growth Models," CEP Discussion Papers dp0869, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
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  9. Evangelia Vourvachaki, 2009. "Information and Communication Technologies in a Multi-sector Endogenous Growth Model," CERGE-EI Working Papers wp386, The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economic Institute, Prague.

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