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Optimal Investments with Increasing Returns to Scale

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  • Barucci, Emilio

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The author analyzes the firm optimal investment policy, assuming a pure increasing-returns-to-scale technology and adjustment costs. The existence of an optimal plan is proved by applying a new set of necessary and sufficient conditions for optimality. The analysis is carried out in a linear-quadratic framework that enables one to study a general nonlinear problem in a neighborhood of the long-run equilibrium. The investment policy shows a reverse accelerator effect. In a general setting, he proves that the saddle-point characterization is a sufficient condition for a stationary competitive equilibrium to be a finitely optimal trajectory. Copyright 1998 by Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association.

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  • Barucci, Emilio, 1998. "Optimal Investments with Increasing Returns to Scale," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 39(3), pages 789-808, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:ier:iecrev:v:39:y:1998:i:3:p:789-808
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