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Cyclical Adjustment, Capital-labor Substitution and Total Factor Productivity Convergence – East Germany After Unification

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  • Smolny Werner

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    (Ludwig Erhard Chair, Faculty of Mathematics and Economics, Institute of Economic Policy, University of Ulm, 89069 Ulm, Germany)

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    Despite rapid economic integration and massive help from the Federal Government East German productivity catching up faded out in the nineties. This paper presents panel-data estimates of the productivity adjustment based on a production function framework and a stylized adjustment model of the economy. The central empirical result is a decomposition of the sources of productivity growth. The estimates reveal that a large part of productivity growth in the early nineties is related to factors that were specific for that period. The fading out since the mid-nineties is attributed to the development of total factor productivity.

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    Volume (Year): 232 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 4 (August)
    Pages: 445-459

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