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Productivity and the Post-1990 U.S. Economy

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  • Ellen McGrattan

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    (Research Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis)

  • Edward Prescott

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In this paper, we show that ignoring corporate intangible investments gives a distorted picture of the post-1990 U.S. economy. In particular, ignoring intangible investments in the late 1990s leads one to conclude that productivity growth was modest, corporate profits were low, and corporate investment was at moderate levels. In fact, the late 1990s was a boom period for productivity growth, corporate profits, and corporate investment.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2005 Meeting Papers with number 274.

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Date of creation: 2005
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Keywords: Productivity & Intangibles;

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  1. Dale W. Jorgenson & Mun S. Ho & Kevin J. Stiroh, 2003. "Lessons for Canada from the U.S. Growth Resurgence," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 6, pages 3-18, Spring.
  2. Ellen R. McGrattan & Edward C. Prescott, 2005. "Taxes, regulations, and the value of U.S. and U.K. corporations," Staff Report 309, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
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  1. Pereira, Ricardo Antônio de Castro & Ferreira, Pedro Cavalcanti Gomes, 2007. "Efeitos de Crescimento e Bem-estar da Lei de Parceria Público-Privada no Brasil," Economics Working Papers (Ensaios Economicos da EPGE) 648, FGV/EPGE Escola Brasileira de Economia e Finanças, Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil).

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