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Mind the Gap: A Comment on Aggregate Productivity and Technology


  • M. Ali Choudhary

    (University of Surrey)

  • Vasco J. Gabriel

    (University of Surrey)


This paper reconsiders the empirical results of Basu and Fernald (European Economics Review, 2002) which suggests a significant and persistent gap between the aggregate productivity and technology levels for the US private business sector. We we control for capacity utilisation, time-varying markup and use a superior system estimator, the profile of the gap is shown to change considerably.

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  • M. Ali Choudhary & Vasco J. Gabriel, 2006. "Mind the Gap: A Comment on Aggregate Productivity and Technology," School of Economics Discussion Papers 1306, School of Economics, University of Surrey.
  • Handle: RePEc:sur:surrec:1306

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    1. Miles S. Kimball & John G. Fernald & Susanto Basu, 2006. "Are Technology Improvements Contractionary?," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 96(5), pages 1418-1448, December.
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    productivity; technology; welfare; hours; dynamic-markups;

    JEL classification:

    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
    • O51 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - U.S.; Canada
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E23 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Production

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