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Production and Inventory Behavior of Capital

  • Yi Wen

    (Research Department, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)

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This paper provides a dynamic optimization model of durable goods inventories to study the interactions between investment demand and the production of capital goods. There are three major findings: first, capital suppliers¡¯ inventory behavior makes investment demand more volatile in equilibrium; second, equilibrium price of capital is characterized by downward stickiness; and third, the responses of the capital market to interest rate and other environmental changes are asymmetric. All are the result of equilibrium interactions between demand and supply.

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Volume (Year): 8 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 (May)
Pages: 95-112

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