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Productivity and the post-1990 U.S. economy


  • Ellen R. McGrattan
  • Edward C. Prescott


In this paper, the authors show that ignoring corporate intangible investments gives a distorted picture of the post-1990 U.S. economy. In particular, ignoring intangible investments in the late 1990s leads one to conclude that productivity growth was modest, corporate profits were low, and corporate investment was at moderate levels. In fact, the late 1990s was a boom period for productivity growth, corporate profits, and corporate investment.

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  • Ellen R. McGrattan & Edward C. Prescott, 2005. "Productivity and the post-1990 U.S. economy," Review, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, issue Jul, pages 537-550.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedlrv:y:2005:i:jul:p:537-550:n:v.87no.4

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    1. Dale W. Jorgenson & Mun S. Ho & Kevin J. Stiroh, 2003. "Lessons for Canada from the U.S. Growth Resurgence," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 6, pages 3-18, Spring.
    2. Ellen R. McGrattan & Edward C. Prescott, 2005. "Taxes, Regulations, and the Value of U.S. and U.K. Corporations," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 72(3), pages 767-796.
    3. Dale W Jorgenson & Mun S Ho & Kevin J Stiroh, 2003. "Lessons for Europe from the U.S. Growth Resurgence," CESifo Economic Studies, CESifo, vol. 49(1), pages 27-47.
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