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A CES Indirect Production Function

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  • Boyan Jovanovic

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This paper derives an indirect production function that is, in a special case, of a constant elasticity of substitution form. This is not a contribution to the theory of aggregation generally. Instead it is a microfoundation for a specific but popular production function -- the CES -- that helps us express the important concept of the elasticity of substitution in terms of more primitive, and more intuitive concepts of the returns to scale. The paper presents a simple lemma, and then shows that several and diverse applications have a common logical structure: the production function often used in growth theory, the utility function when there is household production, human capital theory, and the concept of the aggregate technology shock.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Technical Working Papers with number 0188.

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Date of creation: Oct 1995
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Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberte:0188

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