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The Kuznets-Kaldor-Puzzle and Neutral Cross-Capital-Intensity Structural Change

  • Helmut Wagner
  • Denis Stijepic

The Kuznets-Kaldor stylized facts are one of the most striking empirical observations about the development process in the industrialized countries: While massive factor reallocation across technologically distinct sectors takes place, the aggregate ratios of the economy are quite stable. This implies that cross-technology factor reallocation has a relatively weak impact on the aggregates, which is a puzzle from a theoretical point of view. We provide a model that can explain this puzzle. Furthermore, we show by empirical evidence that this model is in line with 55% of structural change.

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Paper provided by DEGIT, Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade in its series DEGIT Conference Papers with number c015_016.

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Length: 66 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2010
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Handle: RePEc:deg:conpap:c015_016
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