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Growth with Unused Capacity and Endogenous Capital Depreciation


  • Fabrizio Patriarca
  • Claudio Sardoni


The paper contributes to the debate on growth and distribution in a non-mainstream perspective. It looks at the role that capacity utilization plays in the process of growth under the hypothesis that the rate of capital depreciation is a function of the degree of capacity utilization. Our hypothesis implies results partly different from those obtained by other models in which capacity utilization plays a key role. In particular, a varying rate of depreciation affects the conditions under which distributional changes in favor of wages affect the rate of growth positively.

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  • Fabrizio Patriarca & Claudio Sardoni, 2014. "Growth with Unused Capacity and Endogenous Capital Depreciation," Metroeconomica, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 65(4), pages 646-670, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:metroe:v:65:y:2014:i:4:p:646-670

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    1. Patriarca, F. & Sardoni, C., 2017. "Distribution and growth. A dynamic approach," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 1-9.
    2. Mark Setterfield & Yun K. Kim, 2016. "Household Borrowing and the Possibility of ``Consumption-Driven, Profit-Led Growth’’," Working Papers 2016_01, University of Massachusetts Boston, Economics Department.
    3. Mark Setterfield & Yun K. Kim, "undated". "Household Borrowing and the Possibility of “Consumption- Driven, Profit-Led Growthâ€," Working Papers Series 39, Institute for New Economic Thinking.

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