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A computational general equilibrium model with vintage capital

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  • Cadiou, Loic
  • Dees, Stephane
  • Laffargue, Jean-Pierre

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This paper presents a vintage capital model assuming putty–clay investment and perfect foresight. The model is written in discrete time and is simulated by using a second order relaxation algorithm. By computing the eigenvalues of the dynamic system, we have checked the conditions of existence and uniqueness of a solution (Blanchard and Kahn's conditions) and identified the echo effect that characterizes vintage capital models and the related dynamics of creation and destruction. By calibrating the model on French data, it has been proved useful to explain the medium-term movements in the distribution of income in France during the last three decades.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control.

Volume (Year): 27 (2003)
Issue (Month): 11-12 (September)
Pages: 1961-1991

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Handle: RePEc:eee:dyncon:v:27:y:2003:i:11-12:p:1961-1991

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  1. Luci Ellis & Kathryn Smith, 2007. "The global upward trend in the profit share," BIS Working Papers 231, Bank for International Settlements.
  2. Shigeru Wakita, 2006. "The Lost Decade in the Japanese Labor Market : Labor’s share and Okun’s Law," Labor Economics Working Papers 22317, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
  3. Loïc Cadiou & Julien Genet & Jean-Louis Guérin, 2002. "Evolutions démographiques et marché du travail : des liens complexes parfois contradictoires," Working Papers 2002-16, CEPII research center.

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