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Learning-by-Doing and the Choice of Technology: the Role of Patience

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  • Karp, Larry
  • Lee, In Ho

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If agents learn-by-doing and are myopic, less advanced firms might adopt new technologies while more advanced ¿rms stick with the old technology. This kind of overtaking can also occur if agents are forward looking and have high discount rates. However, overtaking never occurs if agents are sufficiently patient. A finite discount rate increases the set of states at which agents adopt new technologies, so more patient agents tend to upgrade their technology more frequently.

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Paper provided by Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley in its series Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, Working Paper Series with number qt4vh9x271.

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Date of creation: 28 Apr 2000
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Handle: RePEc:cdl:agrebk:qt4vh9x271

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Keywords: learning-by-doing; overtaking; leapfrogging; technology adoption; eco-nomic;

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  1. Mateos-Planas, Xavier, 2004. "Technology adoption with finite horizons," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 28(11), pages 2129-2154, October.
  2. Marisa Cenci & Margherita Scarlato, 2002. "Istituzioni e mercato del lavoro nel Mezzogiorno d’Italia: un’analisi dinamica," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, vol. 92(3), pages 281-320, May-June.
  3. Rivas, Javier, 2010. "The effects of the market structure on the adoption of evolving technologies," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 34(12), pages 2485-2493, December.
  4. Rob Hart, 2009. "Bad Eggs, Learning-by-doing, and the Choice of Technology," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 42(4), pages 429-450, April.
  5. James G. Mulligan & Nilotpal Das, 2005. "Persistent Adoption of Time-Saving Process Innovations," Working Papers 05-03, University of Delaware, Department of Economics.
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