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Technological Change and the Scale of Production

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  • Matthew Mitchell

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Many manufacturing industries, including the computer industry, have seen large increases in productivity growth rates and have experienced a reduction in average establishment size. A vintage capital model is introduced which can account for this fact. It is shown that a rise in the rate of technological change decreases average plant size, that is, the level of innovation affects fim soze. Smaller plants are not more innovative, as has been suggested, but indutries with more innovation, as measured by productivity growth, have smaller plants. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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  • Matthew Mitchell, 2002. "Technological Change and the Scale of Production," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 5(2), pages 477-488, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:issued:v:5:y:2002:i:2:p:477-488
    DOI: 10.1006/redy.2002.0171
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    • D2 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights

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