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Coefficient Change, Price Effects, And Implicit Elasticities: Estimating Microeconomic Determinants Over Two Time Periods

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  • Stephen Casler

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This paper presents and estimates an input-output model in which input coefficient changes are functions of changing prices. The model produces results that mirror the characteristics of input demand functions based on the model of cost minimization subject to producing a desired level of output. It does not rely on the specification of a functional form for input coefficients, and it does not require the use of assumptions regarding the elasticity of substitution. Instead, it allows the actual price and coefficient changes that occur between periods to identify the implicit elasticities and own- and cross-price derivatives. Using this model, it is shown how accurate measures of price effects, including the full array of own and cross-elasticities of demand, can be estimated for models comprising up to 15 sectors given data for only two time periods.

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  • Stephen Casler, 2011. "Coefficient Change, Price Effects, And Implicit Elasticities: Estimating Microeconomic Determinants Over Two Time Periods," Economic Systems Research, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 23(2), pages 153-174.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ecsysr:v:23:y:2011:i:2:p:153-174
    DOI: 10.1080/09535314.2011.572869
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