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Chaos and capacity utilization under increasing returns to scale


  • Stockman, David R.


Abstract It has been shown that adding variable capacity utilization of capital to a one-sector model with a mild production externality can produce local indeterminacy. In this paper, I provide a global analysis of this model and provide sufficient conditions for the existence of Euler equation branching. I show that this branching allows for regime switching equilibria implying [omega]-chaos and positive topological entropy - two notions of chaotic behavior.

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  • Stockman, David R., 2011. "Chaos and capacity utilization under increasing returns to scale," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 77(2), pages 147-162, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:77:y:2011:i:2:p:147-162

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