David H. Good

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October 1996Index Number and Factor Demand Approaches to the Estimation of Productivity
with M. Ishaq Nadiri, Robin C. Sickles: w5790
In this paper we review a number of analytical methods and issues related to identifying and estimating the source of productivity growth. The two major methods used in measuring productivity growth -- index number and econometric estimation approach -- are briefly discussed. Substantive issues such as the contribution of R&D capital and R&D spillovers, infrastructure capital, allocative distortions, nature of the market structure and technological advancement on productivity growth at various levels of aggregation are examined. The attributes of the static and dynamic factor demand models used to estimate the contribution of different inputs to productivity growth are described and the evaluation of the production process changes in response to exogenous factors and their impact on pr...

Published: Pesaran, H. and P. Schmidt (eds.) Handbook of Applied Econometrics Vol. II-Microeconometrics. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 1997.

December 1991The Structure of Production, Technical Change and Efficiency in a Multiproduct Industry: An Application to U.S. Airlines
with M. Ishaq Nadiri, Robin C. Sickles: w3939
In this paper we construct a short run model of the firm describing the behavior of thirteen U.S. airlines during the difficult transition to deregulation. Several modeling scenarios are developed to assess three common assumptions in cost studies: the use of time as a proxy for technological change as opposed to a more thorough description of changes in the production technique, the assumption of cost minimizing behavior as opposed to permitting allocative inefficiency in input selection, and the assumption exogeneity of output and capital and their characteristics as opposed to endogenous decisions regarding these variables. Derived properties of the resulting eight combinations of these issues are calculated to identify the sensitivity of these properties to the modeling assumptions. Th...
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