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Capital maintenance and investment: complements or substitutes?

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  • BOUCEKKINE, Raouf
  • RUIZ-TAMARIT, Ramon

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This paper is concerned with the theoretical properties of demand for capital maintenance services. To this end, we consider two investment problems incorporating maintenance services and we analyse their steady state equilibria. At first, we shwo that if no variable capital utilization rate is allowed, investment and maintenance expenditures have the same qualitative properties, and so cannot be regarded as gross substitutes. If a variable rate of capital utilization is allowed, the occurence of substitution Vs complementarity features and the comparative statics properties depend on the sensitivity of the postulated capital depreciation function with respect to both the rate of capital utilization and the maintenance expenditures ratio. We prove that the case where the elasticity with respect to maintenance expenditures is lower, gives much better shaped demand functions and fits definitely better the recent real business cycles studies.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers RP with number -1630.

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Note: In : Journal of Economics, 78(1), 1-28, 2003
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  1. BOUCEKKINE, Raouf & FABBRI, Giorgio & GOZZI, Fausto, . "Maintenance and investment: complements or substitutes? A reappraisal," CORE Discussion Papers RP -2333, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  2. BOUCEKKINE, Raouf & DEL RIO, Fernando & MARTINEZ, Blanca, . "Technological progress, obsolescence, and depreciation," CORE Discussion Papers RP -2116, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  3. Alice Albonico & Sarantis Kalyvitis & Evi Pappa, 2011. "Real Business Cycles with Capital Maintenance," Quaderni di Dipartimento 147, University of Pavia, Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods.
  4. George Bitros & Elias Flytzanis, 2004. "Utilization and Maintenance in a Model with Terminal Scrapping," Macroeconomics 0411016, EconWPA.
  5. Raouf, BOUCEKKINE & Blanca, MARTINEZ & Cagri, SAGLAM, 2006. "Capital Maintenance Vs Technology Adopton under Embodied Technical Progress," Discussion Papers (ECON - Département des Sciences Economiques) 2006030, Université catholique de Louvain, Département des Sciences Economiques.
  6. J. Aznar-Marquez & J.R. Ruiz-Tamarit, 2001. "Endogenous Growth, Capital Utilization and Depreciation," Discussion Papers (IRES - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales) 2001037, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).
  7. Blanca MARTINEZ, 2002. "Technological convergence and the connections between adoption, maintenance and investment activities," Discussion Papers (IRES - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales) 2002025, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).
  8. Raouf Boucekkine & Blanca Martínez & Fernando del Río, 2005. "Technological Progress And Depreciation," Working Papers. Serie AD 2005-22, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie).
  9. Martial Dupaigne, 2007. "Les variations choisies de l'utilisation du capital : une revue des implications macroéconomiques," Revue d'économie politique, Dalloz, vol. 0(2), pages 161-196.
  10. George Bitros, 2010. "The theorem of proportionality in contemporary capital theory: An assessment of its conceptual foundations," The Review of Austrian Economics, Springer, vol. 23(4), pages 367-401, December.
  11. Albonico, Alice & Kalyvitis, Sarantis & Pappa, Evi, 2014. "Capital maintenance and depreciation over the business cycle," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 39(C), pages 273-286.

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