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Evolution of the Relative Price of Goods and Services in a Neoclassical Model of Capital Accumulation

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  • Vladimir Klyuev

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This paper provides an explanation for the secular increase in the price of services relative to that of manufactured goods that relies on capital accumulation rather than on an exogenous total factor productivity growth differential. The key assumptions of the two-sector, intertemporal optimizing model are relatively high capital intensity in the production of goods and limited cross-border capital mobility, allowing the interest rate to vary. With plausible parameterization, the model also predicts a decline in the employment share of the goods sector over time.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 04/207.

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Length: 18
Date of creation: 01 Nov 2004
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:04/207

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Keywords: Capital accumulation; Capital flows; Capital goods; Consumer goods; Economic models; capital mobility; capital intensity; services sector; capital stock; capital movements; technological progress; marginal products; service sector; services industries; trade theory; marginal product; capital income; international capital; human capital; capital depreciation;

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  1. Zuleta, Hernando & Young, Andrew T., 2013. "Labor shares in a model of induced innovation," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 24(C), pages 112-122.
  2. Hernando Zuleta & Andrew T. Young, 2007. "Labor's shares - aggregate and industry: accounting for both in a model of unbalanced growth with induced innovation," DOCUMENTOS DE TRABAJO 003105, UNIVERSIDAD DEL ROSARIO.
  3. Enrique R. Casares, 2007. "Productivity, Structural Change in Employment and Economic Growth," Estudios Económicos, El Colegio de México, Centro de Estudios Económicos, vol. 22(2), pages 335-355.

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