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Empirical Estimation of the Elasticity of Substitution : A Review

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This review of time series and cross-sectional studies indicates that there is little agreement as to the "true" value of the elasticity of substitution. There appears to be no clear-cut explanation for the diversity of the estimates. Not only do the various studies attribute widely different absolute levels to the elasticity of substitution in the industries considered, but there is also no apparent consistency between the ordinal rankings of the industries within each study. There is however a general pattern of differences between the cross-sectional and time series estimates -- namely, the former are usually larger (averaging about 1) than the latter (averaging perhaps about 0.5). Please note: The PDF download of this fairly old paper is an optical scan.

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  • Vern Caddy, 1976. "Empirical Estimation of the Elasticity of Substitution : A Review," Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre Working Papers op-09, Victoria University, Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre.
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    Keywords

    Capital; labour; elasticity of substitution;

    JEL classification:

    • C68 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computable General Equilibrium Models
    • C13 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Estimation: General

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