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The Morishima gross elasticity of substitution

Blackorby, Charles; Primont, Daniel; Russell, R. Robert;
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  • Published: 30 May 2007 Journal: Journal of Productivity Analysis, volume 28, pages 203-208 (issn: 0895-562X, eissn: 1573-0441, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
  • Country: United Kingdom
We show that the Hotelling–Lau elasticity of substitution, an extension of the Allen–Uzawa elasticity to allow for optimal output-quantity (or utility) responses to changes in factor prices, inherits all of the failings of the Allen–Uzawa elasticity identified by Blackorby and Russell [(1989) Am Econ Rev 79: 882–888]. An analogous extension of the Morishima elasticity of substitution to allow for output quantity changes preserves the salient properties of the original Hicksian notion of elasticity of substitution.
free text keywords: Economics and Econometrics, Social Sciences (miscellaneous), Business and International Management, Factor price, Elasticity (economics), Microeconomics, Elasticity of substitution, Economics, Mathematical economics, Econometrics, HB
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