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Unformatted text preview: Econ 114 Javier Birchenall Due date: Tuesday, February 24 2009 Problem set 4: Productivity and innovation In this problem set, you will investigate the relationship between productivity growth and the growth of per capita income. You will also explore the potential causes of productivity growth and examine a model of imitation. The data is available in an Excel spreadsheet on the class web page, econ.ucsb.edu/ ~ jabirche/teaching.html Plan to spend 6 hours on these questions. Please return the problem set on time (next Tuesday during class), remember you have the chance to miss one and only one, use it wisely. If you have any problems regarding the questions please contact me by e-mail: email@example.com . Good luck! I. Productivity and economic growth (data) (a) Describe the variation in productivity growth across countries over the period 1960 -1998. What is the minimum? What is the maximum? What is the average? Sort the data by productivity growth and calculate the average growth rate of income per capita for the countries that have the ten fastest...
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