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Are capital shares higher in poor countries? Evidence from Industrial Surveys

  • Francisco Rodríguez

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    (Economics Department, Wesleyan University)

  • Daniel Ortega

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    (Center for Finance, Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración)

This paper presents new evidence on the cross-country correlation between factor shares and per capita income. The evidence comes from UNIDO and OECD databases of industrial surveys designed to measure economic activity in the corporate manufacturing sector. We show that a statistically significant negative correlation is present in both data sets. The correlation is robust to controlling for methodological variations in the valuation, concept and definition of value added and labor income. It is also present within 3 and 4-digit industries. We argue that previous evidence on capital shares derived from national accounts statistics is consistent with the negative relation that we find on the industrial survey data.

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Paper provided by Wesleyan University, Department of Economics in its series Wesleyan Economics Working Papers with number 2006-023.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2006
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Handle: RePEc:wes:weswpa:2006-023
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