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A Nonparametric Examination of Capital-Skill Complementarity

  • Henderson, Daniel J.


    (University of Alabama)

This paper uses nonparametric kernel methods to construct observation-specific elasticities of substitution for a balanced panel of 73 developed and developing countries to examine the capital-skill complementarity hypothesis. The exercise shows some support for capital-skill complementarity, but the strength of the evidence depends upon the definition of skilled labor and the elasticity of substitution measure being used. The added flexibility of the nonparametric procedure is also able to uncover that the elasticities of substitution vary across countries, groups of countries and time periods.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3865.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2008
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Publication status: published in: Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics , 2009, 71 (4), 519 - 538
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3865
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