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Factor-Augmenting Technology Choice and Monopolistic Competition

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  • Jakub Growiec

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Abstract. We put forward a tractable, interpretable, and easily generalizable framework for modeling endogeneous factor-augmenting technology choice by monopolistically competitive firms. The setup is framed within the standard Dixit and Stiglitz (1977) model of monopolistic competition. Optimal technology choice is made here either by final goods producers or (differentiated) intermediate goods producers. These two cases have different implications for the distribution of output but they yield the same aggregate level of output, the same aggregate production function, and equivalent macroeconomic dynamics. Thanks to this property, the proposed framework can be used as a building block in a variety of embedding structures, including those which require to be solved recursively (separately for the dynamics of aggregate variables and for the distribution in each time period).

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Paper provided by DEGIT, Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade in its series DEGIT Conference Papers with number c017_038.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2012
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Handle: RePEc:deg:conpap:c017_038

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Keywords: optimal technology choice; monopolistic competition; normalized CES production function; aggregation;

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  1. Jakub Growiec, 2011. "A Microfoundation for Normalized CES Production Functions with Factor-Augmenting Technical Change," DEGIT Conference Papers c016_013, DEGIT, Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade.

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