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Structural Change and the Kaldor Facts in a Growth Model With Relative Price Effects and Non-Gorman Preferences
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies. University of Zurich, Switzerland.
2014 (English)In: Econometrica, ISSN 0012-9682, E-ISSN 1468-0262, Vol. 82, no 6, 2167-2196 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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U.S. data reveal three facts: (1) the share of goods in total expenditure declines at a constant rate over time, (2) the price of goods relative to services declines at a constant rate over time, and (3) poor households spend a larger fraction of their budget on goods than do rich households. I provide a macroeconomic model with non-Gorman preferences that rationalizes these facts, along with the aggregate Kaldor facts. The model is parsimonious and admits an analytical solution. Its functional form allows a decomposition of U.S. structural change into an income and substitution effect. Estimates from micro data show each of these effects to be of roughly equal importance.

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2014. Vol. 82, no 6, 2167-2196 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-112450DOI: 10.3982/ECTA11354ISI: 000346767700007OAI: diva2:779203
Available from: 2015-01-12 Created: 2015-01-12 Last updated: 2015-01-26Bibliographically approved

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