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Productivity growth in manufacturing, 1963-85: The roles of new investment and scrapping

Oulton, Nicholas (1989) Productivity growth in manufacturing, 1963-85: The roles of new investment and scrapping. National Institute Economic Review, 127 (1). pp. 64-75. ISSN 0027-9501

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Identification Number: 10.1177/002795018912700106

Abstract

The twin forces of investment in new and scrapping of old equipment are traditionally supposed to play a large part in explaining productivity growth. Scrapping cannot in practice be observed directly but can be inferred by estimating a vintage capital model. When this is done it is found that these forces do indeed have a substantial role to play in explaining differences between industries in productivity growth rates in the 1960s and 1970s, but not in the 1980s. The productivity improvement observed in most industries in the 1980s must therefore be ascribed largely to forces other than new investment and scrapping.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/national-i...
Additional Information: © 1989 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Centre for Macroeconomics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2020 16:24
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2021 17:25
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/107451

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