Productivity and the post-1990 U.S. economy

Ellen R. McGrattan, Edward C. Prescott

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In this paper, the authors show that ignoring corporate intangible investments gives a distorted picture of the post-1990 U.S. economy. In particular, ignoring intangible investments in the late 1990s leads one to conclude that productivity growth was modest, corporate profits were low, and corporate investment was at moderate levels. In fact, the late 1990s was a boom period for productivity growth, corporate profits, and corporate investment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-549
Number of pages13
JournalFederal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2005


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