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A Non-parametric Analysis of Productivity: The Case of U.S. and Japanese Manufacturing


  • Chavas, Jean-Paul
  • Cox, Thomas L


A nonparametric analysis of technology, technical change, and productivity is presented in the context of cost minimizing behavior. A number of nonparametric tests concerning the existence and nature of technical change are applied to U.S. and Japanese manufacturing data. Nonparametric measures of technical change are presented. Copyright 1990 by American Economic Association.

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  • Chavas, Jean-Paul & Cox, Thomas L, 1990. "A Non-parametric Analysis of Productivity: The Case of U.S. and Japanese Manufacturing," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 80(3), pages 450-464, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:80:y:1990:i:3:p:450-64

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