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The Measurement of Nonmarket Sector Outputs and Inputs Using Cost Weights


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  • Diewert, Erwin


In many sectors of the economy, governments either provide various services at no cost or at highly subsidized prices. Examples are the health, education and general government sectors. The System of National Accounts 1993 recommends valuing these nonmarket outputs at their costs of production but it does not give much guidance on exactly how to do this. In this paper, an explicit methodology is developed that enables one to construct these marginal cost prices. However, in the main text, an activity analysis approach is taken in order to simplify the analysis, so in particular, constant returns to scale, no substitution production functions for the specific activities in the nonmarket sector are assumed. It is shown that it is possible to obtain meaningful measures of Total Factor Productivity growth in this framework. An Appendix relaxes some of the restrictive assumptions that are used in the main text.

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Paper provided by Vancouver School of Economics in its series Economics working papers with number diewert-08-01-18-09-21-07.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 18 Jan 2008
Date of revision: 13 Nov 2008
Handle: RePEc:ubc:bricol:diewert-08-01-18-09-21-07

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Keywords: Measurement of output; input and productivity; nonmarket sector; health; education; general government; cost functions; duality theory; marginal cost;

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  1. Andrew Sharpe & Ricardo de Avillez, 2012. "A Detailed Analysis of Nova Soctia;s Productivty Performance, 1997-2010," CSLS Research Reports 2012-05, Centre for the Study of Living Standards.
  2. Leonard I. Nakamura, 2008. "Intangible assets and national income accounting," Working Papers 08-23, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.


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