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Technology Adoption, Socila Learning, and Economic Policy

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  • Paul Heidhues

    () (University of Bonn and CEPR)

  • Nicolas Melissas

    () (Centro de Investigacion Economica (CIE), Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM))

Abstract

We study a two-player dynamic investment model with information externalities and provide necessary and sufficient conditions for a unique switching equilibrium. When the public information is sufficiently high and a social planer therefore expects an investment boom, investments should be taxed. Conversely, any positive investment tax is suboptimally high if the public information is sufficiently unfavorable. We also show that an investment tax may increase overall investment activity.

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  • Paul Heidhues & Nicolas Melissas, 2010. "Technology Adoption, Socila Learning, and Economic Policy," Working Papers 1002, Centro de Investigacion Economica, ITAM.
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    1. Heidhues, Paul & Melissas, Nicolas, 2012. "Rational exuberance," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 56(6), pages 1220-1240.

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    Keywords

    Information Externality; Strategic Waiting; Delay; Information Cascade; Investment Boom; Optimal Taxation;

    JEL classification:

    • D62 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Externalities
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness

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