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Indeterminacy with Externalities and Capital Utilization

  • Mohanad Ismael

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    (University of Evry Val d’Essonne, EPEE)

  • Francesco Magris

    ()

    (University of Evry Val d’Essonne, EPEE)

In this paper, we present a dynamic general equilibrium model with two sectors: one aggregate firm produces consumption good and a second one investment good. We assume sector specific as well as aggregate ex- ternalities. Moreover, we account for variable capital utilization i.e. the depreciation rate is endogenously determined by the degree of capital ex- ploitation. We show that under mild conditions, multiple equilibria occur. Indeed, following Grandmont, Pintus and de Vilder (JET, 1998), we can identify the necessary conditions for which the economic dynamics does change stability. In our framework, the capital utilization improves the imperfection in production sectors, resulted from the specific and aggre- gate externalities. We show that endogenous fluctuations are more likely to appear as long as the sensitivity of the capital utilization is su¢ ciently high with respect to the capital. Further, this is true for low value of elasticity of factor substitution.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 2008
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