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Total Factor Productivity . Analytical Exercises. Simple vs. Compound Interest Rate. If you have a time deposit and receive a simple interest rate, then, after 1 year, your account will increase by the interest rate.

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total factor productivity

Total Factor Productivity

Analytical Exercises

simple vs compound interest rate
Simple vs. Compound Interest Rate
  • If you have a time deposit and receive a simple interest rate, then, after 1 year, your account will increase by the interest rate.
  • If you receive a compound interest rate, rr(n), you may receive your extra income in increments which appear n times per year.
Define the compound interest rate with continuous compounding ρ = rr(n→∞), we calculate growth with the anti-log, e,
  • Refer to the log-difference as the continuous growth rate,
natural logarithmic function
Natural Logarithmic Function
  • Natural Log Function has a number of useful (for the study of productivity) properties
    • Log of a Product is the sum of the logs
    • Log of exponent
    • Derivative of logarithm is the inverse
growth accounting
Growth Accounting
  • To study growth, take derivative of production function with respect to time. By the chain rule,

Notation for

CRTS implies βt = 1-αt, Price taking implies 1-αt is labor’s share of income.

continuous rate of change
Continuous Rate of Change
  • The time derivative of the logarithm of time dependent variable is the variables’ continuous rate of change.
  • Most economic series are observed only intermittently. We approximate the continuous rate of change with the first difference of the natural log:
cobb douglas
  • Cobb-Douglas function is log-linear
  • Easy to do Growth Accounting because factor intensities are constant. TFP growth is proportional to technology growth.
tfp growth
TFP Growth
  • TFP is log linear
TFP growth rate is the gap between GDP growth rate and the weighted average of the growth rate of the factors of production.
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Total Factor Productivity
  • Total factor productivity measures the total effectiveness of an economy in applying all of its factors of production.
  • TFP is a geometrically weighted average of capital and labor productivity with factor intensity, at and 1-at = used as weights.
cobb douglas tfp
Cobb-Douglas TFP
  • Since we can write
  • Under Cobb-Douglas, the level of TFP is a geometrically weighted function of capital productivity and labor productivity.
growth accounting exercise celtic tiger
Growth Accounting Exercise: Celtic Tiger
  • Economy of Ireland has been one of the most successful in Europe in recent years transforming from one of the poorer countries of Europe to one of the richest over a period of about 25 years.
  • Growth accounting is a technique that economists use as a first step in explaining the sources of growth.
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Growth Accounting
  • The growth accounting equation divides the sources of growth into 3 parts
    • Growth due to labor (i.e. growth in labor weighted by labor intensity, βt)
    • Growth due to capital (i.e. growth in capital weighted by capital intensity, αt)
    • Total Factor Productivity Growth (i.e. change in the production function itself).
  • Question: What part of Irish growth is derived from labor growth, capital growth, or TFP growth?
  • Irish data is from " Marcel P. Timmer, Gerard Ypma and Bart van Ark (2003), IT in the European Union: Driving Productivity Divergence?, GGDC Research Memorandum GD-67 (October 2003), University of Groningen, Appendix Tables
use approximation of growth accounting function
Use approximation of growth accounting function
  • For every year, assume CRTS and write the approximate equation
  • Approximate labor intensity with the average of labor share of income in the previous year and the current year.
growth accounting results
Growth Accounting Results
  • Growth Accounting suggests that approximately 30% of the growth in Irish GDP is due to growth in the capital stock about 10% is due to growth in the labor input and about 60% is due to TFP growth.
  • Of course, this brings up the question, why did TFP grow so much.
    • Note, we also did not adjust labor for quality improvements.
cobb douglass
  • Easier to calculate if we assume constant TFP growth. Previous slide shows average (1-α) ≈2/3. Assume Cobb-Douglas production function and use this value.
  • Note average of ΔlnX from period 1 to T is

So we only need to know start and stop values to calculate Growth Accounting. Results, not much different.

item for discussion east asian miracle
Item for DiscussionEast Asian Miracle
  • Another set of miracle economies over the last 30 years have been the economies of East and Southeast Asia.
  • What is the source of growth in these economies?
  • What are the implications for future growth.