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Investment-Specific Productivity Growth: Chile from a Global Perspective

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  • Gabriel Di Bella
  • Martín Cerisola

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By the end of 2007, Chile’s total factor productivity was lower than ten years earlier, a performance that contrasted sharply with the previous decade, when productivity grew by a cumulative 30 percent. This paper assesses productivity trends in Chile, by decomposing productivity into investment-specific technological change (associated with improvements in the quality of capital) and neutral technological change (related to the organization of productive activities). It concludes that investment-specific technological improvements have contributed significantly to long-term growth in Chile, in line with trends observed in other net commodity exporters, while neutral technological change has been slow.

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  • Gabriel Di Bella & Martín Cerisola, 2011. "Investment-Specific Productivity Growth: Chile from a Global Perspective," Journal Economía Chilena (The Chilean Economy), Central Bank of Chile, vol. 14(1), pages 05-24, April.
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