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Labor Share Decline and the Capitalization of Intellectual Property Products

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  • Yu Zheng

    (City University of Hong Kong)

  • Raul Santaeulalia

    (Washington University in St Louis)

  • Dongya Koh

    (University of Arkansas)

We study the behavior of the US labor share over the past 65 years using new data from the post-2013 revision of the national income and product accounts and the fixed assets tables capitalizing intellectual property products (IPP). We find that IPP capital entirely explains the observed decline of the US labor share, which otherwise is secularly constant over the past 65 years for structures and equipment capital. The labor share decline simply reflects the fact that the US economy is undergoing a transition toward a larger IPP sector.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2015 Meeting Papers with number 844.

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Date of creation: 2015
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