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What Fraction of a Capital Investment is Sunk Cost?

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  • Asplund, Marcus

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In order to determine to what extent capital investments are sunk costs this study deals with salvage values of discarded metalworking machinery. Even though these assets are expected to be non-specific many of the discarded assets are scrapped rather than sold on second-hand markets. Econometric results suggests that firms can only expect to get back 20-50 percent of the initial price for a "new" machine once it is installed. The results also show differences in value-age profiles across firms, but give only weak support for the hypothesis that salvage values are particularly low in recessions.

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  • Asplund, Marcus, 1995. "What Fraction of a Capital Investment is Sunk Cost?," SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance 68, Stockholm School of Economics, revised 24 Sep 1999.
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    Keywords

    Sunk cost; second-hand market; salvage value; machine tools;

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    • C24 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Truncated and Censored Models; Switching Regression Models; Threshold Regression Models
    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity

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