Embodying Embodiment in a Structural, Macroeconomic Input-Output Model

FRB of San Francisco Working Paper No. 2001-18

55 Pages Posted: 10 May 2005

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Daniel J. Wilson

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Date Written: October 2001


This paper describes an attempt to build a regression-based system of labor productivity equations that incorporate the effects of capital-embodied technological change into IDLIFT, a structural, macroeconomic input-output model of the U.S. economy. Builders of regression-based forecasting models have long had difficulty finding labor productivity equations that exhibit the Neoclassical or Solowian property that movements in investment should cause accompanying movements in labor productivity. Theory dictates that this causation is driven by the effect of traditional capital deepening as well as technological change embodied in capital. Lack of measurement of the latter has hampered the ability of researchers to properly estimate the productivity-investment relationship. Wilson (2001a), by estimating industry-level embodied technological change, has alleviated this difficulty. In this paper, I utilize those estimates to construct capital stocks that are adjusted for technological change which are then used to estimate Neoclassical-type labor productivity equations. It is shown that replacing IDLIFT's former productivity equations, based on changes in output and time trends, with the new equations results in a convergence between the dynamic behavior of the model and that predicted by Neoclassical production theory.

Keywords: Equipment-Embodied Technological Change, Input-Output, Productivity, Forecasting

JEL Classification: C3, C5, O3

Suggested Citation

Wilson, Daniel J., Embodying Embodiment in a Structural, Macroeconomic Input-Output Model (October 2001). FRB of San Francisco Working Paper No. 2001-18, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=721082 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.721082

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