Pakistan Institute of Development Economics



Substitution Elasticities in the Large-Scale Manufacturing Industries of Pakistan – A Rejoinder

Author: A.R. Kemal

Estimates of the elasticity of substitution between capital and labour in 16 manufacturing industries and the manufacturing sector of Pakistan as a whole were reported in [18]. In most of the industries and the manufacturing sector as a whole substitution elasticities were found to be rather low. In the Spring 1982 issue of this Review, Ahmed {I] has suggested that the estimates of substitution elasticities may have been biased downwards due to the irrelevance of production functions in the developing countries and the nature of data employed in the study. He also believes that the evidence we presented regarding low substitution elasticities in the other developing countries was selective because according to him Morawetz [23J provides evidence to the contrary. Furthermore, he argues that low substitution elasticities are inconsistent with the declining share of labour in the output. In the following, without being drawn into polemics, we shall show that Ahmed’s comments are a result of his misunderstanding and misinterpretation of our study.

A.R. Kemal

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