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The Upward Bias of Markups Estimated from the Price-Based Methodology

  • Hervé BOULHOL

Previous studies have emphasized that Roeger's methodology generates too high markups. This feature is confirmed on the basis of the unrealistically low capital shares implied by the estimates herein. Theoretically, it is shown that the normalization choice, the slow adjustment of capital and the mismeasurement of capital expenditures, each produces an upward bias. Based on the empirical analysis, each of these three sources of overestimation is very likely to play a role.

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Volume (Year): (2008)
Issue (Month): 89 ()
Pages: 131-156

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