The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Solow Residual

  • Paul A. Johnson
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Solow’s method of decomposing the growth in aggregate output into that part due to growth in inputs and that part due to technological progress has become the standard method for measuring technological progress, or growth in total factor productivity. This contribution outlines the method and later refinements.


Growth accounting Output growth: Solow, R Technological progress Total factor productivity 
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