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Does Home Production Drive Structural Transformation?

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  • Alessio Moro
  • Solmaz Moslehi
  • Alessio Moro

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Using new home production data for the U.S., we estimate a model of structural transformation with a home production sector, allowing for both non-homotheticity of preferences and differential productivity growth in each sector. We report three main findings. First, the data support a specification with a different income elasticity of market and home services. Second, the non-homotheticity can account alone for the decline in the home services share, while non-homotheticity and price effects together are responsible for the rise of market services. Third, the slowdown in home labor productivity, started in the late 70s, is a key determinant of the late acceleration of the share of market services. We use the estimated model to run a counterfactual experiment and find that, by keeping the growth rate of home labor productivity as before 1978, the model displays a share of market services in consumption expenditure lowered by 6.9% in 2010.

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  • Alessio Moro & Solmaz Moslehi & Alessio Moro, 2015. "Does Home Production Drive Structural Transformation?," Monash Economics Working Papers 20-15, Monash University, Department of Economics.
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    • E20 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • L16 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Industrial Organization and Macroeconomics; Macroeconomic Industrial Structure

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