Investment-Specific Productivity Growth - Chile in a Global Perspective

Author/Editor:

Gabriel Di Bella ; Martin Cerisola

Publication Date:

December 1, 2009

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

By the end of 2007, Chile's total factor productivity was lower than ten years earlier, a performance that contrasted sharply with the previous decade, when productivity grew by a cumulative 30 percent. This paper assesses productivity trends in Chile, by decomposing productivity into investment-specific technological change (associated with improvements in the quality of capital) and neutral technological change (related to the organization of productive activities). It concludes that investment-specific technological improvements have contributed significantly to long-term growth in Chile, in line with trends observed in other net commodity exporters, while neutral technological change has been slow.

Series:

Working Paper No. 09/264

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

December 1, 2009

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451874099/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2009264

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

16

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