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Testing Capital-Skill Complementarity Across Sectors in a Panel of Spanish Regions

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  • Fidel Pérez Sebastián

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    (Universidad de Alicante)

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The aim of this paper is to examine the evidence for capital-skilled labor complementarity in six different activity sectors using aggregate production function specifications and a time-series, cross-section panel of Spanish regions. Estimation results have troubles finding evidence that supports departing from the Cobb-Douglas assumption and, if anything, find capital skill substitutablity in most sectors. They also suggest that capital skill complementarity might be a sector-specific phenomenon. El objetivo de este artículo es examinar la evidencia sobre la hipótesis capital-habilidad en seis diferentes sectores de actividades usando funciones de producción agregada en un panel de regiones españolas. Los resultados de la estimación tienen problemas para encontrar evidencia que apoye el separarse del supuesto Cobb-Douglas y, si acaso, encuentran substituibilidad entre el capital y la mano de obra cualificada en la mayoría de los sectores. También sugieren que la complementariedad capital-habilidad puede ser un fenómeno específico a ciertos sectores.

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Paper provided by Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie) in its series Working Papers. Serie EC with number 2008-11.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2008
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Handle: RePEc:ivi:wpasec:2008-11

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Keywords: Complementariedad de los inputs; funciones de producción agregada; datos de panel. Input complementarity; aggregate production function; panel data.;

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