Development Accounting and the Rise of TFP

Author/Editor:

Reda Cherif ; Rabah Arezki

Publication Date:

April 1, 2010

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The paper presents evidence that the contribution of differences in total factor productivity (TFP) to income differences across countries steadily increased between 1970 and 2000. We verify that our finding is neither imputable to measurement errors in input factors nor dependent on the assumption of factor neutral differences in technology. We conclude that theories explaining cross-country income differences based on institutions or on forces that are constant over time, such as geography or legal origin, should be reconsidered in the light of their consistency with the rise of the explanatory power of TFP.

Series:

Working Paper No. 10/101

English

Publication Date:

April 1, 2010

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451982787/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2010101

Format:

Paper

Pages:

32

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