Empirical Estimation of the Elasticity of Substitution : A Review
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.
|Date of creation:||Nov 1976|
|Date of revision:|
|Contact details of provider:|| Postal: |
Phone: 03 9919 1877
Web page: http://www.copsmodels.com/about.htm
More information through EDIRC
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:cop:wpaper:op-09. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Mark Horridge)
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.