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Do Factor Shares Reflect Technology?

  • Benjamin Bental
  • Dominique Demougin

This note demonstrates that it is easily possible to compute technological parameters out of national income accounting data in the presence of bargaining in the labor market. Applying the method to US data, we obtain that the output elasticity with respect to capital exceed 0.5.

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Paper provided by Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany in its series SFB 649 Discussion Papers with number SFB649DP2005-050.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2005
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Handle: RePEc:hum:wpaper:sfb649dp2005-050
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