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Obsolescence and modernization in the growth process

  • Boucekkine, Raouf
  • del Rio, Fernando
  • Licandro, Omar

In this paper, an endogenous growth model is built up incorporating Schumpeterian growth and embodied technological progress. Under embodiment, long run growth is affected by the following effects: (i) obsolescence costs add to the user cost of capital, reducing the research effort; and (ii) the modernization of capital through investment raises the incentives to undertake R&D activities. Applied to the understanding of the growth enhancing role of both capital and R&D subsidies, we conclude that the positive effect of modernization generally more than compensate the negative effect of obsolescence.

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Volume (Year): 77 (2005)
Issue (Month): 1 (June)
Pages: 153-171

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