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An Econometric Analysis of a Production Function for New Zealand

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Using the capital stock series recently released by Statistics New Zealand, two approaches have been employed to estimate a production function. The first approach is based on the estimation of a constant elasticity of substitution (CES) production function with a value added form. The second approach is based on a nested CES function. Using the nested structure, we allow imports as an intermediate input in the production block. The estimated results reveal that the data rejects the Cobb-Douglas specification and the use of the value added form is not justifiable.

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  • Kam Leong Szeto, 2001. "An Econometric Analysis of a Production Function for New Zealand," Treasury Working Paper Series 01/31, New Zealand Treasury.
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    Keywords

    CES production function; Cobb-Douglas specification;

    JEL classification:

    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation
    • E23 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Production

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