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November 2013The Agricultural Productivity Gap
with Douglas Gollin, Michael E. Waugh: w19628
According to national accounts data, value added per worker is much higher in the non-agricultural sector than in agriculture in the typical country, and particularly so in developing countries. Taken at face value, this “agricultural productivity gap” suggests that labor is greatly misallocated across sectors. In this paper, we draw on new micro evidence to ask to what extent the gap is still present when better measures of sector labor inputs and value added are taken into consideration. We find that even after considering sector differences in hours worked and human capital per worker, as well as alternative measures of sector output constructed from household survey data, a puzzlingly large gap remains.
December 2012Experience Matters: Human Capital and Development Accounting
with Benjamin Moll, Tommaso Porzio, Nancy Qian: w18602
The current consensus in the development accounting literature is that differences in aggregate human and physical capital stocks across countries account for less than half of cross-country income differences. This literature has found that taking human capital from experience into account does not change the explanatory power of human capital. In this paper, we document a new fact that suggests a different conclusion. We find that experience-wage profiles are flatter in poorer countries than in richer countries. Taking this into account substantially increases the contribution of human and physical capital in development accounting.

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