Intangibles, markups, and the measurement of productivity growth

Nicolas Crouzet*, Janice Eberly

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In recent years, measured TFP growth in the US has declined. We argue that two forces contributed to this decline: the mismeasurement of intangible capital, and rising markups. Markups affect input shares, while intangibles omitted from measures of investment affect measured capital growth, each potentially generating downward bias in measured TFP growth. Most importantly, when both forces are simultaneously present, their effects reinforce each other and amplify the downward bias in measured TFP growth. Using input-output data, we estimate that this mechanism could account for one-third to two-thirds of the decline in measured TFP growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Monetary Economics
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Intangible capital
  • Markups
  • Mismeasurement
  • Productivity growth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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