Title page for ETD etd-02022000-19340038


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Wilson, Gregory Arthur
Author's Email Address Wilson_g@bls.gov
URN etd-02022000-19340038
Title Labor Substitution in U.S. Manufacturing
Degree Master of Arts
Department Economics (Arts and Sciences)
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Waud, Roger N. Committee Chair
Lutton, Thomas J. Committee Member
Wentzler, Nancy A. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Production Workers
  • Translog Model
  • Non-production Workers
  • Labor Substitution
  • Elasticity of Substitution
Date of Defense 2000-01-24
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This paper presents a translog model designed to estimate the elasticity of substitution between capital, non-production workers, and production workers using U.S. manufacturing data for the period 1988 to 1997. The elasticity of substitution estimates derived from the translog model suggest that production workers and capital are substitutes, as well as non-production and production workers. Although the estimates do not provide conclusive evidence regarding the degree of substitutability between non-production workers and capital, they do indicate that the degree of substitutability between production workers and capital is greater than it is between non-production workers and capital.
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