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A Model of TFP

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  • Lagos, R.

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This paper proposes an aggregative model of Total Factor Productivity (TFP) in the spirit of Houthakker (1955-1956). It considers a frictional labor market where production units are subject to idiosyncratic shocks and jobs are created and destroyed as in Mortensen and Pissarides (1994). An aggregate production function is derived by aggregating across production units in equilibrium. The level of TFP is explicitly shown to depend on the underlying distribution of shocks as well as on all the characteristics of the labor market as summarize by the job-destruction decision. The model is also used to study the effects of labor-market policies on the level of measured TFP.

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Paper provided by C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics, New York University in its series Working Papers with number 01-08.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: 2001
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Handle: RePEc:cvs:starer:01-08

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  3. Lorenzo Cappellari & Carlo Dell'Aringa & Marco Leonardi, 2011. "Temporary Employment, Job Flows and Productivity: A Tale of two Reforms," CESifo Working Paper Series 3520, CESifo Group Munich.
  4. Charles I. Jones, 2011. "Misallocation, Economic Growth, and Input-Output Economics," NBER Working Papers 16742, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  6. Finicelli, Andrea & Pagano, Patrizio & Sbracia, Massimo, 2009. "Trade-revealed TFP," MPRA Paper 16951, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  7. Bah, El-hadj M. & Fang, Lei, 2011. "Impact of the business environment on output and productivity in Africa," MPRA Paper 32517, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  8. Miguel A. Leon-Ledesma & Mathan Satchi, 2011. "The Choice of CES Production Techniques and Balanced Growth," Studies in Economics 1113, Department of Economics, University of Kent.

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