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Data and Code for: Obsolescence of Capital and Investment Spikes

Resource Type
  • Jovanovic, Boyan (New York University)
  • Fishman, Arthur (Ariel University and Bar Ilan University)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
investments; E22; D25
  • Abstract

    The prospect of capital obsolescence inhibits investment. Investors thus become more optimistic when the obsolescence of their capital slows down. We propose a model with no fixed costs of investment, and random technological progress that induces obsolescence of capital in place. Spikes occur precisely when technological progress slows down. Moreover, the more variable the progress, the larger are the spikes. Cross-industry data show that where price of capital declines are more variable, investment spikes are larger.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1947-01-01 / 1999-12-31
    Time Period: Wed Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1947--Fri Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 1999
Geographic Coverage
  • US Industries

Update Metadata: 2020-06-19 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-06-19

Jovanovic, Boyan; Fishman, Arthur (2020): Data and Code for: Obsolescence of Capital and Investment Spikes. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.