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Real Business Cycles with Capital Maintenance

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  • Alice Albonico

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    (Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods, University of Pavia)

  • Sarantis Kalyvitis

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    (Department of International and European Economic Studies, Athens University of Economics and Business)

  • Evi Pappa

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    (Departament de Economia y d’Historia Economica, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and CEPR)

Abstract

We develop a stochastic general equilibrium model in which maintenance endogenously affects the capital depreciation rate. The model performs well in generating maintenance series that match closely existing survey-based measures for Canada. Maintenance is procyclical and comoves almost always with output. Investmentspecific shocks are the only disturbances that induce a negative correlation between output and maintenance. This feature is crucial for the identification of such shocks in the short run. We use Bayesian estimation to obtain the time profile of equipment capital depreciation in Canadian manufacturing. The depreciation rate has been quite volatile and procyclical over the last 50 years.

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Paper provided by University of Pavia, Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods in its series Quaderni di Dipartimento with number 147.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2011
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Handle: RePEc:pav:wpaper:147

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Keywords: real business cycle; technology shocks; endogenous capital depreciation; maintenance;

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