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An empirical note on factor shares

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  • Hernando Zuleta

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In general, empirical studies on growth consider, at most, three factors, physical capital, labor and human capital. Land, however, is also a production factor for many activities. In this study, we make growth regressions considering land as factor. We also propose an explanation for why labor and capital shares do not seem to have a trend: It is possible that an increasing trend in physical capital share is compensated by a decreasing trend in land share. Similarly, an increasing trend in human capital share may be compensated by a decreasing trend in raw labor share. We find empirical support for the claim that the elasticity of output with respect to reproducible factors, human and physical capital, is positively correlated with the income level. This result has important implications for economic growth theory and for empirical exercises related to economic growth.

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  • Hernando Zuleta, 2007. "An empirical note on factor shares," DOCUMENTOS DE TRABAJO 004363, UNIVERSIDAD DEL ROSARIO.
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    1. Brad Sturgill, 2009. "Cross-country Variation in Factor Shares and its Implications for Development Accounting," Working Papers 09-07, Department of Economics, Appalachian State University.
    2. Brad Sturgill & Hernando Zuleta, 2017. "Variable factor shares and the index number problem: a generalization. Abstract Factor shares vary over time and across countries, so incorporating variable factor shares into growth and development a," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 37(1), pages 30-37.
    3. Zuleta, Hernando, 2009. "If factor shares are not constant then we have a measurment problem. can we solve it?," DOCUMENTOS DE TRABAJO 005744, UNIVERSIDAD DEL ROSARIO.
    4. Sturgill, Brad, 2012. "The relationship between factor shares and economic development," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 34(4), pages 1044-1062.
    5. Carolina Arteaga Cabrales, 2011. "Human Capital Externalities and Growth," ENSAYOS SOBRE POLÍTICA ECONÓMICA, BANCO DE LA REPÚBLICA - ESPE, vol. 29(66), pages 12-47, December.
    6. Peretto, Pietro F. & Seater, John J., 2013. "Factor-eliminating technical change," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 60(4), pages 459-473.
    7. Hernando Zuleta, 2011. "Factor Shares, Income Distribution and Capital Flows," DEGIT Conference Papers c016_003, DEGIT, Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade.
    8. Hernando Zuleta, 2015. "Getting Growth Accounting Right," DOCUMENTOS CEDE 013814, UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES-CEDE.
    9. Brad Sturgill & Hernando Zuleta, 2016. "Variable Factor Shares and the Index Number Problem: A Generalization," DOCUMENTOS CEDE 015038, UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES-CEDE.
    10. Zuleta, Hernando, 2012. "Variable factor shares, measurement and growth accounting," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 114(1), pages 91-93.
    11. repec:eee:jmacro:v:52:y:2017:i:c:p:23-38 is not listed on IDEAS
    12. Andrew T. Young & Hernando Zuleta & Andres Garcia-Suaza, 2010. "Evidence of Induced Innovation in US Sectoral Capital’s Shares," Working Papers 10-03, Department of Economics, West Virginia University.
    13. Sturgill, Brad, 2014. "Back to the basics: Revisiting the development accounting methodology," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 42(C), pages 52-68.
    14. Laura Liliana Moreno Herrera & Jorge Eduardo Pérez Pérez, 2009. "Biased Technological Change, Impatience and Welfare," DEGIT Conference Papers c014_046, DEGIT, Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade.

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    Keywords

    Factor Income Shares; Elasticity of output with respect to factors;

    JEL classification:

    • E1 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models
    • F0 - International Economics - - General
    • O0 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - General

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