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Using Investment Data to Assess the Importance of Price Mismeasurement

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  • Diego Comin

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This paper presents a new approach to assess the role of price mismeasurement in the productivity slowdown. I invert the firm's investment decision to identify the embodied and disembodied components of productivity growth. With a Cobb-Douglas production function, output price mismeasurement only should affect the latter. Contrary to the mismeasurement hypothesis, I find that in the Post-War period, disembodied productivity grew faster in the hard-to-measure than in the non-manufacturing easy-to-measure sectors, and that disembodied productivity slowed down less in the hard-to-measure than in the easy-to-measure sectors since the 70's. These results hold a fortiori when capital and labor are complements.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 10627.

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Publication status: published as Comin, Diego A. "Using Investment Data To Access The Importance Of Price Mismeasurement." B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, 2006, v6(1), Article 7.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:10627

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  1. Bruno Tissot & Les Skoczylas, 2005. "Revisiting recent productivity developments across OECD countries," BIS Working Papers 182, Bank for International Settlements.
  2. Diego Comin & Mark Gertler, 2003. "Medium Term Business Cycles," NBER Working Papers 10003, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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