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Input and Output Inventories

  • Brad R Humphreys
  • Louis J Maccini
  • Scott Schuh

This paper presents a new stage-of-fabrication inventory model with ordering usage and stocking of input materials under gross production or value added technology The model extends the traditional linear-quadratic model of output (finished goods) inventories and yields joint decision rules for input and output inventories with extensive dynamic stage-of-fabrication linkages Data show that input inventories are more important than output inventories in business cycle fluctuations Maximum likelihood estimation is relatively successful for a structural inventory model in nondurable and durable good industries The results include evidence of convex costs input-inventory-saving technology and insensitivity to production technology specification

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Paper provided by The Johns Hopkins University,Department of Economics in its series Economics Working Paper Archive with number 391.

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