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Obsolescence and Modernization in the Growth Process


    (IRES and CORE - UCL - Belgium)

  • Fernando DEL RIO

    (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela - Spain)


    (EUI - Florence- Italy and FEDEA - Spain)

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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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES) in its series Discussion Papers (IRES - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales) with number 2002043.

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Date of creation: 01 Nov 2002
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Handle: RePEc:ctl:louvir:2002043
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