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Innovation through local interaction, imitation and investment waves

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This paper inquires about the structural breaks that investment generated by innovation waves imparts to an economic system. Its analysis is confined to investigate only the kind of investment which follows from innovations by leading firms as well as from a catching up process by imitating laggards. The innovation process is modeled as a self-organising process of information search set off by Poisson arrivals. Resulting investment waves determine structural changes in effective demand patterns causing macroeconomic disequilibria that prompt adjustments in capacity, demand and employment. Finally, it is argued that the wave-like nature of innovations and innovation driven investment is a structural cause of economic activity oscillations.

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  • Ricottilli, Massimo, 2015. "Innovation through local interaction, imitation and investment waves," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 33(C), pages 58-70.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:streco:v:33:y:2015:i:c:p:58-70
    DOI: 10.1016/j.strueco.2015.03.001
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