We propose a novel nonparametric method for the structural production analysis in the presence of unobserved heterogeneity in productivity. We assume cost minimization as the firms' behavioral objective, and we model productivity on which firms condition the input demand of the observed inputs. Our model can equivalently be represented in terms of endogenously chosen latent input costs that guarantee data consistency with our behavioural assumption, and we argue that this avoids a simultaneity bias in a natural way. Our Monte Carlo simulation and empirical application to Belgian manufacturing data show that our method allows for drawing strong and robust conclusions, despite its nonparametric orientation. For example, our results pinpoint a clear link between international exposure and productivity and show that primary inputs are substituted for materials rather than for productivity enhancement.

About the presenter’s visit

Dr Bram De Rock will be visiting the School of Economics on Monday 23 September 2019.  While here he will be using room 520A Colin Clark Building.  If you would like to meet with Dr De Rock or have lunch or dinner with him please contact Professor Chris O’Donnell who will be his host while at The University of Queensland.  Professor O’Donnell can be contacted on c.odonnell1@uq.edu.au.

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Level 6, Colin Clark building (#39)
The University of Queensland
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