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A Benchmark Estimate for the Capital Stock. An Optimal Consistency Method




There are alternative methods to estimate a capital stock for a benchmark year. These methods, however, do not allow for an independent check, which could establish whether the estimated benchmark level is too high or too low. I propose here an optimal consistency method (OCM), which may allow estimating a capital stock level for a benchmark year and/or checking the consistency of alternative estimates of a benchmark capital stock.

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  • Jose Miguel Albala-Bertrand, 2001. "A Benchmark Estimate for the Capital Stock. An Optimal Consistency Method," Working Papers 434, Queen Mary University of London, School of Economics and Finance.
  • Handle: RePEc:qmw:qmwecw:wp434

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    1. Hofman, André A., 2000. "The economic development of Latin America in the twentieth century," Copublicaciones, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL), number 1650 edited by Eclac, December.
    2. Jose Miguel Albala-Bertrand, 1999. "Infrastructure Shortage: A Gap Approach," Working Papers 404, Queen Mary University of London, School of Economics and Finance.
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    Benchmark capital; Perpetual inventory method (PIM); Optimal consistency method (OCM);

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    • O4 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity
    • B4 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology

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