Structural Change in Investment and Consumption - A Unified Analysis

Berthold Herrendorf, Richard Rogerson, Ákos Valentinyi

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The structural-change literature typically assumes that investment is produced in manufacturing. We establish that this assumption is counterfactual: in the postwar U.S., the share of services value added in investment expenditure has been steadily growing. We develop a new model that features structural change in investment and consumption, characterize its equilibrium properties, and provide empirical support for it. We establish that modelling structural change in investment leads to three novel insights: constant TFP growth in all sectors is inconsistent with the existence of aggregate balanced growth with structural change; the sector with the slowest TFP growth absorbs all resources asymptotically; technical change is endogenously investment-biased.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1311-1346
Number of pages36
JournalReview of Economic Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics


  • Aggregate balanced growth
  • Investment
  • Investment-biased technical change
  • Structural change


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