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Modeling technical progress and total factor productivity: A plant level example

  • Edward Kokkelenberg
  • Sang Nguyen

Shifts in the production frontier occur because of changes in technology. A model of how a firm learns to use the new technology, or how it adapts from the first production frontier to the second, is suggested. Two different adaptation paths are embodied in a translog cost function and its attendant cost share equations. The paths are the traditional linear time trend and a learning curve. The model is estimated using establishment level data from a non-regulated industry that underwent a technological shift in the time period covered by the data. The learning curve resulted in more plausible estimates of technical progress and total factor productivity growth patterns. A significant finding is that, at the establishment level, all inputs appear to be substitutes. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

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Volume (Year): 1 (1989)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 21-42

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