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Investment in vintage capital

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  • Jovanovic, Boyan
  • Yatsenko, Yuri

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We study an economy in which firms use labor and various vintages of capital in a CES production function for the final good. We explicitly solve for the investment in capital of a given vintage as a function of its age, and for the resulting stocks of capital. We show that for reasonable parameter values, inverted-U-shaped dynamics of investment and S-shaped dynamics for capital arise in equilibrium. We view the model as an explanation of intra-firm adoption lags, i.e., the observation that firms adopt innovations over time and not instantaneously.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Theory.

Volume (Year): 147 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 551-569

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:147:y:2012:i:2:p:551-569

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Keywords: Vintage capital models; CES function; General equilibrium; Technological change; Intra-firm adoption lags; Optimal control;

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  2. Gamboa, Franklin & Maldonado, Wilfredo Leiva, 2014. "Feasibility and optimality of the initial capital stock in the Ramsey vintage capital model," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 52(C), pages 40-45.
  3. Acemoglu, Daron, 2012. "Introduction to economic growth," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 147(2), pages 545-550.
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  5. Kredler, Matthias, 2014. "Vintage human capital and learning curves," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 154-178.

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