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Endogenous Productivity and Development Accounting

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  • Roc Armenter
  • Amartya Lahiri

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We model an environment in which different vintages of capital with their different productivities coexist. A reduction in the cost of investment induces investment in new capital which raises both measured capital and measured productivity simultaneously. We calibrate this model to cross-country data on the price of investment goods and compare the resultant world distribution of per capita income with the actual distribution in the data. We find that the model does fairly well in quantitatively accounting for the observed dispersion in world income. In particular, the model generates 35-fold income gaps and 6-fold productivity differences between the richest and poorest countries in our sample

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  • Roc Armenter & Amartya Lahiri, 2006. "Endogenous Productivity and Development Accounting," 2006 Meeting Papers 268, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:sed006:268
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    1. Charles I. Jones, 2011. "Intermediate Goods and Weak Links in the Theory of Economic Development," American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, American Economic Association, vol. 3(2), pages 1-28, April.
    2. Charles I. Jones, 2008. "Intermediate Goods, Weak Links, and Superstars: A Theory of Economic Development," NBER Working Papers 13834, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Jang-Ting Guo & Yutaro Izumi & Yi-Chan Tsai, 2015. "Resource Misallocation and Aggregate Productivity under Progressive Taxation," Working Papers 201502, University of California at Riverside, Department of Economics.
    4. Chang-Tai Hsieh & Peter J. Klenow, 2010. "Development Accounting," American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, American Economic Association, vol. 2(1), pages 207-223, January.

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    Keywords

    Development; Productivity; Cross-country income;

    JEL classification:

    • E2 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development

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