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The Learning Curve and Durable-Goods Production

  • Atsuo Utaka


    (Osaka University)

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    We investigate the effect of a learning curve on the production of durable goods by examining a durable-goods monopolist in a two-period model. If the monopolist faces a learning curve, the model shows that the equilibrium quantity of the first- (second-) period products will be smaller (larger) than if there were no learning curve. Consequently, in cases where the original production cost is sufficiently large, the presence of a learning curve drives down total profits.

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    Volume (Year): 12 (2001)
    Issue (Month): 5 ()
    Pages: 1-8

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    Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-01l10004
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