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Capital Heterogenity: Does it Matter? Fundamental Q and Investment on a Panel of Italian Firms

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  • Elena Bontempi

    () (Universita` di Bologna)

  • Alessandra Del Boca

    () (Universita` di Brescia)

  • Alessandra Franzosi

    () (Borsa Italiana SpA)

  • Marzio Galeotti

    () (Universita` di Milano)

  • Paola Rota

    () (Universita` di Brescia)

Abstract

We study the determinants of firms' investment decisions with heterogeneous-capital goods. We exploit a panel of small and medium-sized firms, which allows us to distinguish between purchases and sales of capital goods. We consider separately equipment and structures and test the hypothesis of convex adjustment costs. We extend the fundamental Q approach to the case of two capital inputs. The results show that the standard convex costs model performs well for equipment but not for structures. We find evidence of nonconvex adjustment costs in the case of structures.

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  • Elena Bontempi & Alessandra Del Boca & Alessandra Franzosi & Marzio Galeotti & Paola Rota, 2004. "Capital Heterogenity: Does it Matter? Fundamental Q and Investment on a Panel of Italian Firms," RAND Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 35(4), pages 674-690, Winter.
  • Handle: RePEc:rje:randje:v:35:y:2004:4:p:674-690
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