Sources of Economic Growth : An Extensive Growth Accounting Exercise

Author/Editor:

Abdelhak S Senhadji

Publication Date:

June 1, 1999

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

A growth accounting exercise is conducted for 88 countries for 1960-94 to examine the source of cross-country differences in total factor productivity (TFP) levels. Two differences distinguish this analysis from that of the related literature. First, the critical technology parameter—the share of physical capital in real output—is econometrically estimated and the usual assumption of identical technology across regions is relaxed. Second, while the few studies on the determinants of cross-country differences in TFP have focused on growth rates of real output this analysis is on levels. Recent theoretical as well as empirical arguments point to the level of TFP as the more relevant variable to explain.

Series:

Working Paper No. 99/77

English

Publication Date:

June 1, 1999

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451849974/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0771999

Format:

Paper

Pages:

41

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