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Sunk Costs, Depreciation, and Industry Dynamics

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  • Adelina Gschwandtner

    (Vienna University of Economics and Business)

  • Val E. Lambson

    (Brigham Young University)

Abstract

Two of the most robust results from dynamic competitive models of industrial organization suggest that higher-sunk-cost industries should exhibit higher intertemporal variability in the market value of their firms and lower intertemporal variability in the size of their industries. These predictions have done well empirically. This paper argues on theoretical and empirical grounds that depreciation generates countervailing effects. © 2012 The President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Adelina Gschwandtner & Val E. Lambson, 2012. "Sunk Costs, Depreciation, and Industry Dynamics," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 94(4), pages 1059-1065, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:94:y:2012:i:4:p:1059-1065
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    1. Dirk Czarnitzki & Federico Etro & Kornelius Kraft, 2014. "Endogenous Market Structures and Innovation by Leaders: An Empirical Test," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 81(321), pages 117-139, January.

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    Keywords

    sunk costs; depreciation; entry and exit; irreversible investment;

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    • L00 - Industrial Organization - - General - - - General

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