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Estimating production functions for the US states: the role of public and human capital

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  • Nikos Benos

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    (University of Ioannina)

  • Nikolaos Mylonidis

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    (University of Ioannina)

  • Stefania Zotou

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    (University of Ioannina)

Abstract This paper estimates production functions for the 48 contiguous U.S. states over the 1970–2000 period employing recently developed panel estimators that tackle simultaneously parameter heterogeneity, cross-sectional dependence and non-stationarity. The findings suggest that labor, private capital and, when controlling for cross-sectional dependence, average schooling years exert a positive and significant effect on state income. In contrast, the income effect of public capital stock is negative. The state-specific coefficients indicate that this effect likely stems from the negative elasticity of income with respect to public capital in the states located primarily in the Snow Belt region.

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Volume (Year): 52 (2017)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
Pages: 691-721

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Handle: RePEc:spr:empeco:v:52:y:2017:i:2:d:10.1007_s00181-016-1092-6
DOI: 10.1007/s00181-016-1092-6
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