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Maintenance and investment: Complements or substitutes? A reappraisal

  • Boucekkine, R.
  • Fabbri, G.
  • Gozzi, F.

A benchmark AK optimal growth model with maintenance expenditures and endogenous utilization of capital is considered within an explicit vintage capital framework. Scrapping is endogenous, and the model allows for a clean distinction between age and usage dependent capital depreciation and obsolescence. It is also shown that in this set-up past investment profile completely determines the size of current maintenance expenditures. Among other findings, a closed-form solution to optimal dynamics is provided taking advantage of very recent development in optimal control of infinite dimensional systems. More importantly, and in contrast to the pre-existing literature, we study investment and maintenance co-movements without any postulated ad hoc depreciation function. In particular using impulse response experiments, we find that optimal investment and maintenance do move together in the short-run in response to neutral technological shocks, which seems to be more consistent with the data.

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Volume (Year): 34 (2010)
Issue (Month): 12 (December)
Pages: 2420-2439

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