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Two Hundred Years of Colombian Economic Growth: The Role of TFP

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  • Alvaro J. Riascos

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Using modern growth theory, we estimate Colombian total-factor productivity relative to the United Kingdom’s for the last 200 years in order to match observed income differences. Our results show Colombia’s remarkably inefficient use of technology relative to a country that is a leader in this regard and provide quantitative estimates of the proximate causes of relative income differences between the two economies.

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  • Alvaro J. Riascos, 2011. "Two Hundred Years of Colombian Economic Growth: The Role of TFP," Latin American Journal of Economics-formerly Cuadernos de Economía, Instituto de Economía. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile., vol. 48(2), pages 181-198.
  • Handle: RePEc:ioe:cuadec:v:48:y:2011:i:2:p:181-198
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    Keywords

    Long-run growth; total factor productivity; industrialization; Colombia; relative income differences;

    JEL classification:

    • N1 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations
    • N16 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - Latin America; Caribbean
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence

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