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Firm Dynamics Support the Importance of the Embodied Question

Alain Gabler () and Omar Licandro ()

No ECO2009/35, Economics Working Papers from European University Institute

Abstract: This paper contributes to the literature on both embodied technical progress and firm dynamics, by formulating an endogenous growth model where selection and imitation play a fundamental role in helping capital good producers to learn about the productivity of technologies embodied in new plants. By calibrating the model to some key aggregates particularly relevant for the embodied capital literature, among them the growth rate of the relative investment price, the model quantitatively replicates the main facts associated to firm dynamics, such as the entry rate and the tail index of the establishment size distribution. In line with the previous literature, it also predicts a contribution to productivity growth of embodied technical progress and selection of around 60%.

Keywords: endogenous growth; investmentspecific technological change; selection and imitation; firm entry and exit (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B52 O3 O41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dge, nep-ent and nep-tid
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