Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/56953
Authors: 
Felipe, Jesus
Kumar, Utsav
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Working paper, Levy Economics Institute 626
Abstract: 
We use the real wage-profit rate schedule to examine the direction of technical change in India's organized manufacturing sector during 1980-2007. We find that technical change was Marx biased (i.e., declining capital productivity with increasing labor productivity) through the 1980s and 1990s; and Hicks neutral (increasing both capital and labor productivity) post-2000. The historical experience suggests that Hicks-neutral technical change may only be a passing phase before we see a return to the long-term trend of Marx-biased technical change. We also find that the real profit rate has increased from about 30 percent to a very high 45 percent, that the real wage rate increased marginally, and that the share of capital in value added doubled. Overall, technical change in India's organized manufacturing sector during 1980-2007 favored capital.
Subjects: 
Hicks-neutral technical change
India
Marx-biased technical change
real wage-profit rate schedule
JEL: 
E10
O40
O47
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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