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The Marginal Products of Residential and Non-Residential Capital Through 2009

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  • Casey B. Mulligan
  • Luke Threinen

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Estimates of the marginal product of capital can help forecast economic growth, test competing business cycle theories, and perform cost-benefit analysis. This paper presents annual and quarterly estimates of the marginal product of capital in the U.S. separately for the residential and non-residential sectors. The two sectors had positively correlated marginal products until the 2000s, when the residential marginal product fell during the housing boom, and rose during the housing bust. By the end of 2009, the residential MPK was back to the level of the 1990s. Although off its lows, the non-residential MPK is still below its historical average.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 15897.

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Date of creation: Apr 2010
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Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:15897

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  1. Casey B. Mulligan, 2010. "The Housing Cycle and Prospects for Technical Progress," NBER Working Papers 15971, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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