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Technical Change in the Private Consumption Converter

  • Rolando Alcala
  • Gabrielle Antille
  • Emilio Fontela

The analysis of technological change is centered on the study of the evolution of technical coefficients in the input-output table. Complementary to this analysis, the household consumption expenditure matrix, relating consumption by commodities to consumption by purpose or by function, also incorporates some other aspects of technological change. Thus, the evolution in time of the coefficients of this consumption expenditure matrix will portray technological processes, implying substitutions between commodities to satisfy the different functions The substitution between consumption expenditure by functions is also to be taken into consideration, because it can influence, together with technological change, the use of commodities in the final demand. For Switzerland, a 1980-89 time series of household consumption expenditure matrices with 37 commodities and 58 functional consumption categories has been estimated using data from consumer expenditure surveys. In this paper, instruments generally applied to the analysis of changes in input-output technical coefficients are extended to these matrices, including methods that deal with biproportional processes of substitution.

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Volume (Year): 11 (1999)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 389-400

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