Identifying demand shocks from production data

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Abstract

Standard productivity estimates contain a mixture of cost efficiency and demand conditions. I propose a method to identify the distribution of the demand shock using production data. Identification does not depend on functional form restrictions. It is also robust to dynamic demand considerations and flexible labor. In the parametric case, the ratio of intermediate inputs to the wage bill (input ratio) contains information about the magnitude of the demand shock. The method is tested using data from Spain that contains information on prices and demand conditions. Finally, we generate Monte Carlo simulations to evaluate the method’s performance and sensitivity. Supplementary materials for this article are available online.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-106
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Business and Economic Statistics
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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