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Capacity Utilization: Concept, Measurement, and Recent Estimates

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Abstract

ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS in the past fifteen years, my colleagues and I have
tried to explain disparities among alternative measures of capacity utilization
and to justify our own approach to the measurement problem.1 George
Perry, in his contribution to this issue of Brookings Papers, has indicated
many of the important issues, and I would like to amplify his points or
restate them from another viewpoint in the interests of clarification.

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