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Solow vs. Solow: Machine Prices and Development

Boyan Jovanovic, Rafael Rob

NBER Working Paper No. 5871
Issued in January 1997
NBER Program(s):   PR

Machines are more expensive in poor countries, and the relation is pronounced. It is hard for a Solow (1956) type of model to explain the relation between machine prices and GDP given that in most countries equipment investment is under 10% of GDP. A stronger relation emerges in a Solow (1959) type of vintage model in which technology is embodied in machines.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w5871

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