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Empirical evidence on the geometrical properties of structural change trajectories


  • Stijepic, Denis


We study the long-run labor reallocation dynamics in the three-sector framework relating to agriculture, manufacturing, and services. In particular, we depict the labor reallocation data provided by Maddison (1995) and WorldBank on standard simplexes, study the geometrical properties of the implied vector field, and derive the geometrical properties of stylized labor reallocation trajectories. Moreover, we discuss how these properties can be explained by the standard structural change literature and used for structural change analysis and prediction.

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  • Stijepic, Denis, 2017. "Empirical evidence on the geometrical properties of structural change trajectories," MPRA Paper 80854, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 17 Aug 2017.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:80854

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    1. Stijepic, Denis, 2016. "Empirical evidence on the topological properties of structural paths and some notes on its theoretical explanation," MPRA Paper 82473, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 26 Oct 2017.

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    structural change; sectors; labor; reallocation; long run; dynamics; trajectory; simplex; geometry; vector;

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    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models

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