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Secondhand market and the lifetime of durable goods

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  • Antonio R. Sampayo
  • Luis A. Puch
  • Omar Licandro

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This paper examines how a scrappage subsidy affects the lifetime of durable goods when secondhand markets are present. To this end, we propose a vintage model to analyze the replacement decision in an economy in which high and low income agents trade on a durable good. Thus, the existence of a secondhand market for this durable good has influence both on the price of used durables as well as on durables replacement. The value of the durable is decreasing with age so it is the price in the secondary market. We also discuss the implications of this model specification for the effects of second hand markets on the average age of the stock of durable goods.

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  • Antonio R. Sampayo & Luis A. Puch & Omar Licandro, 2006. "Secondhand market and the lifetime of durable goods," Working Papers 2006-10, FEDEA.
  • Handle: RePEc:fda:fdaddt:2006-10
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    1. Boyan Jovanovic, 2009. "When should firms invest in old capital?," International Journal of Economic Theory, The International Society for Economic Theory, vol. 5(1), pages 107-123.
    2. Yurko, Anna, 2008. "From Consumer Incomes to Car Ages: How the Distribution of Income Affects the Distribution of Vehicle Vintages," MPRA Paper 8849, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Apr 2008.

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