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Obsolescence and modernization in the growth process

  • BOUCEKKINE, Raouf
  • DEL RIO, Fernando
  • LICANDRO, Omar

In this paper, an endogenous growth model is built up incorporating Schumpeterian growth and embodied technological progress. Under embodiment, long run growth is affected by the following effects: (i) obsolescence costs add to the user cost of capital, reducing the research effort; and (ii) the modernization of capital through investment raises the incentives to undertake R&D activities. Applied to the understanding of the growth enhancing role of both capital and R&D subsidies, we conclude that the positive effect of modernization generally more than compensate the negative effect of obsolescence.

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Note: In : Journal of Development Economics, 77, 153-171, 2005.
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