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Money and the Measurement of Total Factor Productivity

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  • Fox, Kevin J.

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Firms have greatly increased their cash holdings since the mid-1990s. These holdings have an opportunity cost; i.e., allocating firm financial capital into monetary deposits means that investment in real assets is reduced. Traditional measures of Total Factor Productivity (TFP) do not take into account these holdings of monetary assets. Given the recent large increases in these holdings in the U.S. and other advanced economies, it is expected that adding these monetary assets to the list of traditional sources of capital services will reduce the TFP of the business sector. We measure this effect for the U.S. corporate and non-corporate business sectors.

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  • Diewert, Erwin & Fox, Kevin J., 2019. "Money and the Measurement of Total Factor Productivity," Microeconomics.ca working papers erwin_diewert-2019-9, Vancouver School of Economics, revised 31 May 2019.
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    Productivity; money; national accounts; capital services Here.;
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    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • E01 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - Measurement and Data on National Income and Product Accounts and Wealth; Environmental Accounts
    • E41 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Demand for Money

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