What Fraction of a Capital Investment Is Sunk Costs?
AbstractTo what extent are capital investments sunk costs? This question is addressed by examining the salvage values of discarded metalworking machinery. Even though such assets are expected to be non-specific, many discarded assets are scrapped rather than sold on second-hand markets. Econometric results suggest that firms can only expect to get back 20-50 percent of the initial price of a "new" machine once it is installed. The results also indicate differences in value-age profiles across firms, but provide only weak support for the hypothesis that salvage values are particularly low during recessions. Copyright 2000 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd
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- Asplund, Marcus, 1995. "What Fraction of a Capital Investment is Sunk Cost?," Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance 68, Stockholm School of Economics, revised 24 Sep 1999.
- C24 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Truncated and Censored Models; Switching Regression Models
- D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
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