Capital Operating Time and total Factor Productivity Growth in France

Author/Editor:

Francisco d Nadal De Simone ; Luc Everaert

Publication Date:

June 1, 2003

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Data on the weekly operating time of capital improve the measurement of effective capital input in production. The production function of the French business sector is found to be consistent with a Cobb-Douglas technology under constant returns to scale. Total factor productivity growth, estimated as an unobservable variable, has declined steadily since the late 1970s, but more slowly since 1994. During the 1990s, a secular increase in shift work raised the operating time of capital and began to contribute positively to growth, albeit only slightly.

Series:

Working Paper No. 03/128

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

June 1, 2003

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451935691/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1282003

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

20

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