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Radar scanning the world production frontier

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  • Jens J. Krüger

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Abstract In this paper we report the results from a detailed investigation of the shifts of the world production frontier function over the period 1980–2010. Analogous to a radar we implement a novel measurement approach for these shifts using nonparametrically computed directional distance functions to scan the frontier shifts across the entire input–output space. The shifts of the frontier function measured in this way are analyzed by regression methods. The results point towards substantial non-neutrality of technological progress and furthermore show that technological progress is more pronounced in regions of high output and in regions where human capital is intensely used.

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  • Jens J. Krüger, 2016. "Radar scanning the world production frontier," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 46(1), pages 1-13, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jproda:v:46:y:2016:i:1:d:10.1007_s11123-015-0462-y
    DOI: 10.1007/s11123-015-0462-y
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    Keywords

    Non-neutral technological change; World production frontier; Nonparametric frontier function;

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    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • E23 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Production
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • 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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