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Indeterminacy Revisited: Variable Capital Utilization and Returns to Scale

  • Mark Weder


    (Department of Economics, Humboldt University Berlin, University of Adelaide and CEPR, Germany)

This paper presents a one-sector optimal growth model with variable capacity services and production externalities. It uses a new formulation of the endogenous capital utilization rate in which utilization costs appear in the form of variable maintenance expenses. I find that indeterminacy arises at approximate constant returns to scale. This result challenges the viewpoint that indeterminacy is empirically implausible.

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Article provided by Finnish Economic Association in its journal Finnish Economic Papers.

Volume (Year): 18 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 (Autumn)
Pages: 49-56

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Handle: RePEc:fep:journl:v:18:y:2005:i:2:p:49-56
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