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An Update on Money in the Production Function

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  • Cynthia Benzing

    (West Chester University)

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Using the Cobb-Douglas production function, this study tests whether money is a significant determinant of output. Three log-linear specifications are applied to U.S. annual data from 1959-85. Real output is expressed as a function of labor, capital, and real money balances. M1, M2, and M3 are tested in each of the three specifications. All three definitions of money are significant positive determinants of output in the unrestricted Cobb-Douglas. However, when the sum of the elasticities is restricted to one, the money coefficients become negative. This inconsistency needs to be further examined.

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  • Cynthia Benzing, 1989. "An Update on Money in the Production Function," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 15(3), pages 235-239, Jul-Sep.
  • Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:15:y:1989:i:3:p:235-239
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    1. S. J. Kamath & K. C. Jensen & R. E. Bennett, 1991. "A Counter-Counter Critique: A Reply," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 17(4), pages 535-541, Oct-Dec.
    2. Shyam J. Kamath & K. C. Jensen & R. E. Bennett, 1989. "Reprise and Clarification [Money in the Production Function--An Alternative Test Procedure," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 15(3), pages 241-243, Jul-Sep.
    3. Jonathan Benchimol, 2015. "Money in the production function: A new Keynesian DSGE perspective," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 82(1), pages 152-184, July.
    4. Jonathan Benchimol, 2011. "Money in the production function: a New Keynesian DSGE perspective," Working Papers hal-00800539, HAL.
    5. Jonathan Benchimol, 2015. "Money in the production function: A new Keynesian DSGE perspective," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 82(1), pages 152-184, July.

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