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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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Volume (Year): 77 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 (February)
Pages: 147-162

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