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Innovation, Machine Replacement and Productivity

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  • Licandro, Omar
  • Maroto Illera, María Reyes
  • Puch, Luis

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This paper explores the role of replacement and innovation in shaping investment and productivity during episodes of lumpy adjustment in capital. To this purpose we use a rich firm-level panel of Spanish manufacturing data that combines information on equipment investment and firm's strategies. Investment concentrates on episodes of high investment, or investment spikes, but its nature depends upon observable heterogeneity. We find evidence of replacement activity for firms involved in neither process innovation nor plant expansion. Then, we explore how large investment episodes transmit into the evolution of productivity under different innovative strategies. We find that productivity increases after an investment spike in innovative firms. However, long learning curves seem to be associated with innovative investments.

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  • Licandro, Omar & Maroto Illera, María Reyes & Puch, Luis, 2005. "Innovation, Machine Replacement and Productivity," CEPR Discussion Papers 5422, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    Keywords

    investment spikes; labour productivity; learning effects; machine replacement; technological innovation;
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    JEL classification:

    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity
    • L60 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - General

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