TECHNICAL CHANGE IN CAPITAL AND ENERGY CONSERVATION IN THE CANADIAN TRUCKING INDUSTRY: AN EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS OF AN EXPERIMENT

This paper outlines, first of all, the actual empirical results obtained by various researchers when explaining the performance and the growth of the trucking industry over the last twenty-five years and then presents some preliminary results coming from the estimation of an incomplete production function. Section 2 describes a brief review of empirical research on the growth of technical progress and of multifactor productivity in the trucking industry. Section 3 discusses the results that come from estimations of an incomplete production function for 1990-1995. The first step consists of estimating an aggregate model that considers the technical progress and reduction in fuel consumption as a whole in the trucking industry. Then the data set is subdivided into three categories to take account of the different ways trucking firms served their customers. The combination of time-series and cross-section components gives estimates on the cumulative effect of technical change over the period because new vintage tractors are regularly added and because energy efficiency is improving as time goes on. Concluding remarks are in section 4.

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  • English

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 258-272

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  • Accession Number: 00797138
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 14 2000 12:00AM