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Vintage capital, distortions and development

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  • Pessôa, Samuel de Abreu
  • Rob, Rafael

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This paper asks to what extent distortions to the adoption of new technology cause income inequality across nations. We work in the framework of embodied technological progress with an individual, C.E.S. production function. We estimate the parameters of this production function from international data and calibrate the model, using U.S. National Income statistics. Our analysis suggests that distortions account for a bigger portion of income inequality than hitherto has been assessed.

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  • Pessôa, Samuel de Abreu & Rob, Rafael, 2002. "Vintage capital, distortions and development," FGV/EPGE Economics Working Papers (Ensaios Economicos da EPGE) 447, FGV/EPGE - Escola Brasileira de Economia e Finanças, Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil).
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    1. Hiroyuki Kasahara, 2003. "Technology Adoption Under Relative Factor Price Uncertainty: The Putty-Clay Investment Model," Working Papers 1014, Queen's University, Department of Economics.
    2. Roc Armenter & Amartya Lahiri, 2006. "Endogenous productivity and development accounting," Staff Reports 258, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
    3. Paulo Barelli & Samuel de Abreu Pess, 2002. "A Model of Capital Accumulation and Rent-Seeking," Penn CARESS Working Papers 4392bb4732a00ee414b60ef8a, Penn Economics Department.

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