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Indeterminacy Revisited: Variable Capital Utilization and Returns to Scale

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  • Mark Weder

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    (School of Economics, University of Adelaide)

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This paper presents a one-sector optimal growth model with variable capacity services and production externalities. It uses a new formulation of the endogenous capital utilization rate in which utilization costs appear in the form of variable maintenance expenses. I find that indeterminacy arises at approximate constant returns to scale. This result challenges the viewpoint that indeterminacy is empirically implausible.

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Paper provided by University of Adelaide, School of Economics in its series School of Economics Working Papers with number 2005-12.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2005
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Handle: RePEc:adl:wpaper:2005-12

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Keywords: indeterminacy; dynamic general equilibrium; variable capital utilization;

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