Sectoral technology and structural transformation

Berthold Herrendorf, Christopher Herrington, Ákos Valentinyi

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Abstract

We assess how the properties of technology affect structural transformation, i.e., the reallocation of production factors across the broad sectors of agriculture, manufacturing, and services. To this end, we estimate sectoral constant elasticity of substitution (CES) and Cobb-Douglas production functions on postwar US data. We find that differences in technical progress across the three sectors are the dominant force behind structural transformation whereas other differences across sectoral technology are of secondorder importance. Our findings imply that Cobb-Douglas sectoral production functions that differ only in technical progress capture the main technological forces behind the postwar US structural transformation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104-133
Number of pages30
JournalAmerican Economic Journal: Macroeconomics
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

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Structural transformation
Technical progress
Elasticity of substitution
Cobb-Douglas
Agriculture
Cobb-Douglas production function
Reallocation
Production function
Manufacturing
Factors of production

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Sectoral technology and structural transformation. / Herrendorf, Berthold; Herrington, Christopher; Valentinyi, Ákos.

In: American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, Vol. 7, No. 4, 2015, p. 104-133.

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Herrendorf, Berthold ; Herrington, Christopher ; Valentinyi, Ákos. / Sectoral technology and structural transformation. In: American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics. 2015 ; Vol. 7, No. 4. pp. 104-133.
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