Journal Of The Econometric Society

An International Society for the Advancement of Economic
Theory in its Relation to Statistics and Mathematics

Edited by: Guido W. Imbens • Print ISSN: 0012-9682 • Online ISSN: 1468-0262

Econometrica: Mar, 1973, Volume 41, Issue 2

Technology Diffusion, Substitution, and X-Efficiency<263:TDSAX>2.0.CO;2-K
p. 263-284

T. Y. Shen

This paper examines the possible explanations for the changes in output, capital, and labor input of a sample of manufacturing plants over a number of years. Apart from the scale of operation, these changes could be attributed to three causes: technology diffusion, substitution, and improvements in X-efficiency. The empirical findings indicate that a diffusion model modified to incorporate X-efficiency improvements provides the best explanation. This suggests the need for a new approach to the specification of production functions.

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