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Aggregate Production Functions and Growth Economics

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Rigorous approaches to aggregation indicate that aggregate production functions do not exist except in unlikely special cases. This paper considers the awkward implications for growth economics. It provides a conventional defence of growth theory in terms of 'parables' and then considers how empirical growth research might avoid the need for aggregate production functions.

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  • Jonathan Temple, 2006. "Aggregate Production Functions and Growth Economics," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 20(3), pages 301-317.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:irapec:v:20:y:2006:i:3:p:301-317
    DOI: 10.1080/02692170600736052
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