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On the Invariance of the Rate of Return to Convex Adjustment Costs

  • Andrew B. Abel

    (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)

The Modified Golden Rule, which relates the rate of return on capital and the growth rate of the capital stock along long-run growth paths that maximize the utility of a representative infinitively-lived consumer, is invariant to the introduction of convex capital adjustment costs. Therefore, along balanced growth paths in neoclassical optimal growth models with an exogenous long-run growth rate of capital, the rate of return is invariant to the introduction of convex adjustment costs, though the capital-labor ratio is reduced along such paths. In AK models, convex adjustment costs reduce the growth rate and rate of return of capital. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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Volume (Year): 5 (2002)
Issue (Month): 3 (July)
Pages: 586-601

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