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Capital-Labor Ratios and Total Factor Productivity in the Balassa-Samuelson Model


  • Kakkar, Vikas


The paper investigates the relationship between sectoral capital-labor ratios and total factor productivity (TFP) in the context of the Balassa-Samuelson model. It is shown that, under certain assumptions, the model implies that both traded- and nontraded-goods sectors' capital-labor ratios should be cointegrated with the traded-goods sector's TFP. Evidence from an intersectoral database for 14 OECD countries broadly supports this implication of the model. In addition to shedding light on the evolution of sectoral capital-labor ratios, the results also alleviate concerns regarding the reliability of capital stock data. Copyright 2002 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Kakkar, Vikas, 2002. "Capital-Labor Ratios and Total Factor Productivity in the Balassa-Samuelson Model," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 10(1), pages 166-176, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:reviec:v:10:y:2002:i:1:p:166-76

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    Cited by:

    1. Romain Restout, 2008. "Monopolistic Competition and the Dependent Economy Model," Working Papers 0803, Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique Lyon St-Étienne (GATE Lyon St-Étienne), Université de Lyon.
    2. Yan, Isabel K. & Kakkar, Vikas, 2010. "The equilibrium real exchange rate of China: a productivity approach," MPRA Paper 35229, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Pham Van Ha & Tom Kompas, 2008. "Productivity and Exchange Rate Dynamics: Supporting the Harrod-Balassa-Samuelson Hypothesis through an ‘Errors in Variables’ Analysis," International and Development Economics Working Papers idec08-03, International and Development Economics.

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