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The Choice of CES Production Techniques and Balanced Growth

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  • Miguel A. Leon-Ledesma

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  • Mathan Satchi

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We show that allowing firms a choice of CES production techniques (via the distribution parameter between capital and labor) can result in a new class of production functions that produces short-run capital-labor complementarity but yields a long-run unit elasticity of substitution. This is shown to occur if we provide a mathematical framework for this choice that maintains strict essentiality of the production process and satisfies the requirement of unit-invariance. The class of production functions derived are consistent with a balanced growth path even in the presence of capital-augmenting technical progress. The approach yields a simple yet powerful way of introducing CES-type production functions in macroeconomic models.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Kent in its series Studies in Economics with number 1113.

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Date of creation: May 2011
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Handle: RePEc:ukc:ukcedp:1113

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Keywords: Balanced growth; production technique; biased technology; elasticity of substitution;

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  1. Klump, Rainer & Saam, Marianne, 2006. "Calibration of normalised CES production functions in dynamic models," ZEW Discussion Papers 06-78, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
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Cited by:
  1. Cristiano Cantore & Paul Levine, 2011. "Getting Normalization Right: Dealing with 'Dimensional Constants' in Macroeconomics," School of Economics Discussion Papers 0511, School of Economics, University of Surrey.
  2. Miguel A León-Ledesma & Peter McAdam & Alpo Willman, 2012. "Non-Balanced Growth and Production Technology Estimation," Studies in Economics 1204, Department of Economics, University of Kent.
  3. Jakub Growiec, 2011. "A Microfoundation for Normalized CES Production Functions with Factor-Augmenting Technical Change," DEGIT Conference Papers c016_013, DEGIT, Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade.

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