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Interpreting adjustment cost effects under asymmetry: a note

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  • Donald Dutkowsky

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This paper examines the Pfann and Verspagen specification for asymmetric adjustment cost. We show that under asymmetry, the coefficient for the linear-quadratic term understates the symmetric part of adjustment cost. The analysis reveals that a positive value for this parameter is sufficient but not necessary for a well-behaved adjustment cost function. The specification satisfies all the requirements when the linear-quadratic coefficient equals zero. We also derive a condition for a well-behaved adjustment cost function within a feasible region when the parameter has negative sign. Since our study expands the range of permissible parameter values, it increases the empirical applicability of the asymmetric adjustment cost function.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 2 (1995)
Issue (Month): 7 ()
Pages: 236-238

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Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:2:y:1995:i:7:p:236-238

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  1. Robertson, Raymond & Dutkowsky, Donald H., 2002. "Labor adjustment costs in a destination country: the case of Mexico," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 67(1), pages 29-54, February.

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