Productivity Differences Between and Within Countries
Author(s)Acemoglu, Daron; Dell, Melissa Lynne
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We document substantial within-country (cross-municipality) differences in incomes for a large number of countries in the Americas. A significant fraction of the within-country differences cannot be explained by observed human capital. We conjecture that the sources of within-country and between-country differences are related. As a first step toward a unified framework, we propose a simple model incorporating differences in technological know-how across countries and differences in productive efficiency within countries.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Economics
American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics
American Economic Association
Acemoglu, Daron, and Melissa Dell. 2010. "Productivity Differences between and within Countries." American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 2(1): 169–88. © 2010 American Economic Association.
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