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That Elusive Elasticity: A Long-Panel Approach To Estimating The Price Sensitivity Of Business Capital

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  • Robert S. Chirinko

    () (Emory University)

  • Steven M. Fazzari

    () (Washington University)

  • Andrew P. Meyer

    () (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)

Abstract

The sensitivity of business capital formation to its user cost plays a key role in the analysis of many economic issues. Although this elasticity has been the subject of an enormous number of studies, a consensus remains elusive. We develop an estimation strategy that exploits panel data in an original way and avoids several pitfalls - difficult-to-specify dynamics, transitory time-series variation, and positively sloped supply schedules - inherent in investment equations that can bias the estimated elasticity. Results are based on an extensive panel containing 1,860 manufacturing and non-manufacturing firms. Our model generates a precisely estimated user cost elasticity of approximately 0.40. The method developed here may prove useful in estimating other structural parameters from panel datasets.

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  • Robert S. Chirinko & Steven M. Fazzari & Andrew P. Meyer, 2002. "That Elusive Elasticity: A Long-Panel Approach To Estimating The Price Sensitivity Of Business Capital," 10th International Conference on Panel Data, Berlin, July 5-6, 2002 B3-1, International Conferences on Panel Data.
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