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Capital Operating Time and total Factor Productivity Growth in France

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  • Francisco Nadal-De Simone
  • Luc Everaert

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Data on the weekly operating time of capital improve the measurement of effective capital input in production. The production function of the French business sector is found to be consistent with a Cobb-Douglas technology under constant returns to scale. Total factor productivity growth, estimated as an unobservable variable, has declined steadily since the late 1970s, but more slowly since 1994. During the 1990s, a secular increase in shift work raised the operating time of capital and began to contribute positively to growth, albeit only slightly.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 03/128.

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Date of creation: 01 Jun 2003
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:03/128

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Keywords: Economic growth; total factor productivity; cointegration; measurement error; survey; statistics; correlation; statistic; growth accounting; business cycle; gdp growth; time series; dummy variable; growth model; real gdp; growth rates; logarithms; linear trend; maximum likelihood estimator; standard errors; sensitivity analysis; equations; sample sizes; forecasting; endogenous growth theory; computation; growth rate; equation; prediction; estimation of equation; finite sample; neoclassical growth model; real business cycle; growth theories; logarithm; sample bias;

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Cited by:
  1. Andreas Billmeier, 2004. "Ghostbusting," IMF Working Papers 04/146, International Monetary Fund.
  2. Andreas Billmeier, 2009. "Ghostbusting: which output gap really matters?," International Economics and Economic Policy, Springer, vol. 6(4), pages 391-419, December.
  3. Andreas Billmeier, 2004. "Measuring a Roller Coaster," IMF Working Papers 04/57, International Monetary Fund.

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