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An Atemporal Microeconomic Theory and an Empirical Test of Price-Induced Technical Progress

  • Michael Caputo

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  • Quirino Paris

An exhaustive comparative statics analysis of a general price taking cost-minimizing model of the firm operating under the influence of price-induced technical progress is carried out from a dual vista. The resulting refutable implications are observable and thus amenable to empirical verification, and take on the form of a symmetric and negative semidefinite matrix. Using data from individual cotton gins in California’s San Joaquin Valley, we empirically test the complete set of implications of the price-induced technical progress theory using both classical and Bayesian statistical procedures. We find that the data are fully consistent with the atemporal, cost-minimizing, price-induced microeconomic theory of technical progress. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005

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Volume (Year): 24 (2005)
Issue (Month): 3 (November)
Pages: 259-281

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