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Vintage capital growth theory: Three breakthroughs

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  • Raouf Boucekkine

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  • David de la Croix

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  • Omar Licandro

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Vintage capital growth models have been at the heart of growth theory in the 60s. This research line collapsed in the late 60s with the so-called embodiment controversy and the technical sophisitication of the vintage models. This paper analyzes the astonishing revival of this literature in the 90s. In particular, it outlines three methodological breakthroughs explaining this resurgence: a growth accounting revolution, taking advantage of the availability of new time series, an optimal control revolution allowing to safely study vintage capital optimal growth models, and a vintage human capital revolution, along with the rise of economic demography, accounting for the vintage structure of human capital similarly to physical capital age structuring. The related literature is surveyed.

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Paper provided by Unitat de Fonaments de l'Anàlisi Econòmica (UAB) and Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica (CSIC) in its series UFAE and IAE Working Papers with number 875.11.

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Date of creation: 15 Jun 2011
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Keywords: Vintage capital; embodied technical progress; growth accounting; optimal control; endogenous growth; vintage human capital; demography.;

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  1. Philipp J.H. Schröder & Allan Sørensen, 2011. "Firm Exit, Technological Progress and Trade," Economics Working Papers 2011-17, School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus.

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