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Capital Maintenance and Investment: Complements or Substitutes?

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  • Raouf Boucekkine

    (IRES and CORE, Department of Economics, Catholic University of Louvain, Place Montesquieu, 3, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (e-mail: boucekkine@ires.ucl.ac.be))

  • Ramón Ruiz-Tamarit

    (Faculty of Economics, University of Valencia, Av. dels Tarongers, S/N°, E-46022 Valencia, Spain (e-mail: ramon.ruiz@uv.es))

Abstract

This paper studies the properties of demand for capital maintenance services and its interaction with investment under variable capital utilization rate and adjustment costs. The depreciation rate varies with the maintenance effort and the utilization rate of capital. We show that the properties of the demand functions for maintenance services and capital goods depend closely on the sign of the cross derivative of the depreciation function, i.e., on whether the marginal efficiency of maintenance decreases or increases when the rate of capital utilization rises. In our model, it is impossible to reconcile some unquestionable empirical facts and some minimal regularity conditions on the demand function for maintenance services if this cross derivative is positive. In all cases, investment and maintenance are gross complements.

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  • Raouf Boucekkine & Ramón Ruiz-Tamarit, 2003. "Capital Maintenance and Investment: Complements or Substitutes?," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 78(1), pages 1-28, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jeczfn:v:78:y:2003:i:1:d:10.1007_s00712-002-0554-9
    DOI: 10.1007/s00712-002-0554-9
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    Keywords

    Keywords: investment theory; demand for maintenance services; capacity utilization; substitution vs complementarity.;

    JEL classification:

    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General
    • C63 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computational Techniques

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