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Production Factor Returns: The Role of Factor Utilization

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  • Gilbert Cette

    () (Banque de France, Aix-Marseille University (Aix-Marseille School of Economics), CNRS, and EHESS)

  • Nicolas Dromel

    () (Paris School of Economics, CNRS, and Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne)

  • Rémy Lecat

    () (Banque de France)

  • Anne-Charlotte Paret

    () (Banque de France, Aix-Marseille University (Aix-Marseille School of Economics), CNRS, and EHESS)

Abstract

Short-term increasing returns to production factors are usually found in empirical studies. We argue they can be due to omitted variables, particularly the intensity of factor utilization. Thanks to original French firm-level data (1992–2008), we show how increasing returns to scale disappear when working time, capacity utilization rate, and, particularly, capital operating time are introduced in the production function. © 2015 The President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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  • Gilbert Cette & Nicolas Dromel & Rémy Lecat & Anne-Charlotte Paret, 2015. "Production Factor Returns: The Role of Factor Utilization," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 97(1), pages 134-143, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:97:y:2015:i:1:p:134-143
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    Keywords

    returns; production factors; factor utilization;

    JEL classification:

    • B00 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - General - - - History of Economic Thought, Methodology, and Heterodox Approaches
    • L00 - Industrial Organization - - General - - - General

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