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Further Model-Based Estimates of U.S. Total Manufacturing Production Capital and Technology, 1949-2005


  • Baoline Chen

    () (U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis)

  • Peter A. Zadrozny

    () (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


Production capital and technology (i.e., total factor productivity) in U.S. manufacturing are fundamental for understanding output and productivity growth of the U.S. economy but are unobserved at this level of aggregation and must be estimated before being used in empirical analysis. Previously, we developed a method for estimating production capital and technology based on an estimated dynamic structural economic model and applied the method using annual SIC data for 1947-1997 to estimate production capital and technology in U.S. total manufacturing. In this paper, we update this work by reestimating the model and production capital and technology using annual SIC data for 1949-2001 and partly overlapping NAICS data for 1987-2005.

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  • Baoline Chen & Peter A. Zadrozny, 2009. "Further Model-Based Estimates of U.S. Total Manufacturing Production Capital and Technology, 1949-2005," Working Papers 430, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Handle: RePEc:bls:wpaper:ec090080

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    1. Zadrozny, Peter A., 2016. "Extended Yule–Walker identification of VARMA models with single- or mixed-frequency data," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 193(2), pages 438-446.

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    Kalman filter estimation of latent variables;

    JEL classification:

    • C50 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - General
    • C81 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Microeconomic Data; Data Access
    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • L60 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - General

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