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The Evolution of TFP in Latin America

  • Samuel de Abreu Pessoa


  • Fernando A. Veloso


  • Pedro Cavalcanti Ferreira


Due to widespread government intervention and import-substitution industrialization, there has been a general perception that Latin America has been much less productive than the leading economies in the last decades. In this paper, however, we show that until the mid-seventies Latin America had high productivity levels relative to the US and other regions. Moreover, total factor productivity in Latin America increased relative to the US during this period, declining only in the subsequent years.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2008 Meeting Papers with number 633.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:red:sed008:633
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  1. Douglas Gollin, 2002. "Getting Income Shares Right," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 110(2), pages 458-474, April.
  2. Harold L. Cole & Lee E. Ohanian & Alvaro Riascos & James A. Schmitz, 2006. "Latin America in the rearview mirror," Quarterly Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, issue Sep.
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