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Kuznets-Kaldor-puzzle, neutral structural change and independent preferences and technologies

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  • Stijepic, Denis
  • Wagner, Helmut

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The Kuznets-Kaldor stylized facts are one of the most striking empirical regularities of the development process in industrialized countries: While massive factor reallocation across technologically distinct sectors takes place, the aggregate ratios of the economy are quite stable. This implies that cross-technology factor reallocation has a relatively weak impact on the aggregates, which is a puzzle from a theoretical point of view. We provide a model which can explain the Kuznets-Kaldor-puzzle by independent preferences and technologies. Furthermore, we show by empirical evidence that this explanation is in line with 55% of structural change in the USA between 1948 and 1987.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 37162.

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Date of creation: 16 Jan 2009
Date of revision: 07 Mar 2012
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:37162

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Keywords: Kaldor facts; Kuznets facts; structural change; factor reallocation; sectors; balanced growth; unbalanced growth;

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  1. Stijepic, Denis & Wagner, Helmut, 2008. "Impacts of Intermediate Trade on Structural Change," MPRA Paper 40841, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 23 Aug 2012.

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