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Sectoral and aggregate technology growth in Spain

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  • Angel Estrada

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  • J. López-Salido

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In this paper we analyze technological change in the Spanish economy by constructing adjusted Solow residuals, where the adjustment attempts to correct for the bias associated with the potential presence of imperfect competition, increasing returns, variable input utilization and, especially, sectoral reallocation of inputs across sectors. We refer to this modified Solow residual as a technology index. Sectoral reallocations and variable input utilization are key determinants of the differences between the aggregate Solow residual and the technology index resulting from the aggregation of estimated sectoral technological growth. We show that starting in the mid nineties, there has been a deceleration in the aggregate growth rate of technology which is basically due to the behaviour of the manufacturing sectors. Finally, our results imply that aggregate technology growth is less volatile than aggregate productivity as measured by the Solow residual. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg 2004

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  • Angel Estrada & J. López-Salido, 2004. "Sectoral and aggregate technology growth in Spain," Spanish Economic Review, Springer;Spanish Economic Association, vol. 6(1), pages 3-27, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:specre:v:6:y:2004:i:1:p:3-27
    DOI: 10.1007/s10108-003-0070-2
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    1. Ana Martín-Marcos & Jordi Jaumandreu, 2004. "Entry, exit and productivity growth: Spanish manufacturing during the eighties," Spanish Economic Review, Springer;Spanish Economic Association, vol. 6(3), pages 211-226, October.
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    1. Laia Castany & Enrique López-Bazo & Rosina Moreno, 2007. "Decomposing differences in total factor productivity across firm size," Working Papers XREAP2007-01, Xarxa de Referència en Economia Aplicada (XREAP), revised Mar 2007.
    2. Aitor Lacuesta & Sergio Puente & Pilar Cuadrado, 2009. "Omitted variables in the measure of a labour quality index: the case of Spain," Working Papers 0835, Banco de España;Working Papers Homepage.
    3. Salvador Barrios & Eric Strobl, 2004. "Learning by Doing and Spillovers: Evidence from Firm-Level Panel Data," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer;The Industrial Organization Society, vol. 25(2), pages 175-203, June.
    4. Fuentes Castro, Daniel, 2011. "Productividad y equidad en la economía española desde una perspectiva internacional (1995 – 2009)
      [Productivity and equity in the Spanish economy from an international perspective (1995-2009)]
      ," MPRA Paper 51611, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Daniel Montolio & Albert Solé-Ollé, 2009. "Road investment and regional productivity growth: the effects of vehicle intensity and congestion," Papers in Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 88(1), pages 99-118, March.

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