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Two Perspectives on Preferences and Structural Transformation

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  • Berthold Herrendorf

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    (Department of Economics - W.P. Carey School of Business - Arizona State University)

  • Richard Rogerson

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    (Princeton University)

  • Akos Valentinyi

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    (Institute of Economics - Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

Abstract

We assess the empirical importance of income and price effects for structural transformation in the postwar US. We explain two natural approaches to the data: sectors may be categories of final expenditure or value added; e.g., the service sector may be the final expenditure on services or the value added from service industries. We estimate preferences for each approach and find that with final expenditure income effects are the dominant forces behind structural transformation whereas with value added categories price effects are dominant. We show how the input-output structure of the US economy can reconcile these findings.

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Paper provided by Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences in its series IEHAS Discussion Papers with number 1134.

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Length: 54 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2011
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Handle: RePEc:has:discpr:1134

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Keywords: income effects; preferences; relative price effects; structural transformation;

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