Robust measurement of national technological progress

Zambelli, Stefano; Fredholm, Thomas and Venkatachalam, Ragupathy. 2017. Robust measurement of national technological progress. Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 42, pp. 38-55. ISSN 0954-349X [Article]

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We propose a measure of technological progress based on the information embedded in standard input-output tables. A connection is established between the quantities necessary as inputs, the associated output and auxiliary prices. It is argued that the wage-profit frontiers and the associated production prices together provide a robust basis for measuring technological progress and productivities. The computation of the wage-profit frontiers is a non-trivial exercise because of high combinatorial complexity. An algorithm that renders this computation feasible is presented. We analyze technological progress and productivities among 30 countries between 1995-2011 using the latest multi-regional input-output data.

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Technological Change; Input–Output analysis; Wage Profit Frontier; Productivity

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Institute of Management Studies
Institute of Management Studies > Structural Economic Analysis


10 May 2017Accepted
12 May 2017Published Online
September 2017Published

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18 May 2017 09:31

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26 Feb 2024 13:13

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