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Capital Utilization and Search Unemployment in Dynamic General Equilibrium

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  • Ian King

    (School of Economics, The University of Queensland)

  • Frank Stähler

    (School of Business and Economics, University of Tübingen)

Abstract

We present a dynamic general equilibrium model in which both unemployment and capital utilization are determined endogenously in an environment with directed search frictions. The model allows for proportions of both labor and capital to be idle in equilibrium, where the degree of capital utilization determines its depreciation. We show that, under certain conditions, multiple steady state equilibria exist. In stable equilibria, both unemployment and capital utilization rates decline as productivity increases.

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  • Ian King & Frank Stähler, 2018. "Capital Utilization and Search Unemployment in Dynamic General Equilibrium," Discussion Papers Series 598, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.
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    Keywords

    Search unemployment; capital utilization; multiple equilibria;
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    JEL classification:

    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity

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