Technological Innovations: Slumps and Booms
AbstractThis paper documents the delayed adoption of a major technological innovation: the adoption of the diesel locomotive in the US railway industry. Contrary to other instances of major technological innovations, the delay in the adoption of the diesel locomotive was not associated with an initial slump in output. We provide a theoretical model which is consistent with both an increase and a decrease in output following the invention of a new technology. Within this model we identify the key factors that make a slump in output unlikely.
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- Leonardo Felli & Francois Ortalo-Magne, . ""Technological Innovations: Slumps and Booms''," CARESS Working Papres 97-17, University of Pennsylvania Center for Analytic Research and Economics in the Social Sciences.
- Leonardo Felli & Francois Ortalo-Magne, 1997. "Technological Innovations: Slumps and Booms," Microeconomics 9711002, EconWPA.
- Leonardo Felli & F Ortalo-Magne, 1998. "Technological Innovations Slumps and Booms," CEP Discussion Papers dp0394, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
- D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
- D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search, Learning, and Information
- D92 - Microeconomics - - Intertemporal Choice - - - Intertemporal Firm Choice, Investment, Capacity, and Financing
- E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Capital; Investment; Capacity
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