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Price deflators and the estimation of the production function


  • Ornaghi, Carmine


The use of industry indices to deflate nominal revenues and expenditure in intermediary inputs has been found to lead to lower scale estimates of the production function. This paper proposes a new approach to solve the estimation biases due to the use of industry deflators which relies on the use of the firms' labour cost.

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  • Ornaghi, Carmine, 2008. "Price deflators and the estimation of the production function," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 99(1), pages 168-171, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:99:y:2008:i:1:p:168-171

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    1. Sara Amoroso & Bertrand Melenberg & Joseph Plasmans & Mark Vancauteren, 2015. "Productivity, Price- and Wage-Markups: An Empirical Analysis of the Dutch Manufacturing Industry," CESifo Working Paper Series 5273, CESifo Group Munich.
    2. Dobbelaere, Sabien & Kiyota, Kozo & Mairesse, Jacques, 2015. "Product and labor market imperfections and scale economies: Micro-evidence on France, Japan and the Netherlands," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 43(2), pages 290-322.
    3. Amoroso, S., 2013. "Heterogeneity of innovative, collaborative, and productive firm-level processes," Other publications TiSEM f5784a49-7053-401d-855d-1, Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management.
    4. Wassie, Tewodros Ayenew, 2017. "Revisiting the causal effects of exporting on productivity: Does price heterogeneity matter?," MPRA Paper 80576, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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