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That elusive elasticity : a long-panel approach to estimating the capital-labor substitution elasticity

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The elasticity of substitution between capital and labor features prominently in several areas of economic research. However, a consensus estimate remains elusive. We develop an estimation strategy that filters panel data in an original way and avoids several pitfalls - difficult-to-specify dynamics, transitory time-series variation, and positively sloped supply schedules - inherent in investment equations that can bias the estimated elasticity. Results are based on an extensive panel containing 1,860 manufacturing and non-manufacturing firms. Our model generates a precisely estimated elasticity of approximately 0.40. The method developed here may prove useful in estimating other structural parameters from panel datasets.

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Robert S. Chirinko, Steven M. Fazzari, Andrew P. Meyer

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eng

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http://hdl.handle.net/10419/18879

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