Creator: Klette, Tor Jakob and Kortum, Samuel Series: Staff report (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 300 Abstract:
We develop a parsimonious model of innovating firms rich enough to confront firm-level evidence. It captures the dynamic behavior of individual heterogenous firms, describes the evolution of an industry with simultaneous entry and exit, and delivers a general equilibrium model of technological change. While unifying the theoretical analysis of firms, industries, and the aggregate economy, the model yields insights into empirical work on innovating firms. It accounts for the persistence over time of firms’ R&D investment, the concentration of R&D among incumbent firms, and the link between R&D and patenting. Furthermore, it explains why R&D as a fraction of revenues is strongly related to firm productivity yet largely unrelated to firm size or growth.
Keyword: Birth and death processes, Productivity, Market structure, Firm growth, Endogenous growth theory, and R&D Subject (JEL): O31 - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives and L11 - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
Creator: McGrattan, Ellen R. and Schmitz, James Andrew Series: Staff report (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 250 Abstract:
This chapter reviews the literature that tries to explain the disparity and variation of GDP per worker and GDP per capita across countries and across time. There are many potential explanations for the different patterns of development across countries, including differences in luck, raw materials, geography, preferences, and economic policies. We focus on differences in economic policies and ask to what extent can differences in policies across countries account for the observed variability in income levels and their growth rates. We review estimates for a wide range of policy variables. In many cases, the magnitude of the estimates is under debate. Estimates found by running cross-sectional growth regressions are sensitive to which variables are included as explanatory variables. Estimates found using quantitative theory depend in critical ways on values of parameters and measures of factor inputs for which there is little consensus. In this chapter, we review the ongoing debates of the literature and the progress that has been made thus far.
Keyword: Cross-country income differences, Growth accounting, Growth regressions, and Endogenous growth theory Subject (JEL): E65 - Studies of Particular Policy Episodes, O41 - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models, E62 - Fiscal Policy, O47 - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence, and O11 - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development