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Neoclassical Growth Accounting and Frontier Analysis: A Synthesis

In: Input–Output Economics: Theory And Applications Featuring Asian Economies

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  • Thijs ten Raa
  • Pierre Mohnen

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The standard measure of productivity growth is the Solow residual. Its evaluation requires data on factor input shares or prices. Since these prices are presumed to match factor productivities, the standard procedure amounts to accepting at face value what is supposed to be measured. In this paper, we determine total factor productivity growth without recourse to data on factor input prices. Factor productivities are defined as Lagrange multipliers to the program that maximizes the level of domestic final demand. The consequent measure of total factor productivity is shown to encompass not only the Solow residual, but also the efficiency change of the frontier analysis and the hitherto slippery terms of-trade effect. Using input–output tables from 1962 to 1991, we show that the source of Canadian productivity growth has shifted from technical change to terms-of-trade effects.

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  • Thijs ten Raa & Pierre Mohnen, 2009. "Neoclassical Growth Accounting and Frontier Analysis: A Synthesis," World Scientific Book Chapters, in: Input–Output Economics: Theory And Applications Featuring Asian Economies, chapter 19, pages 347-370, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd..
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