The Aggregate Implications of Machine Replacement: Theory and Evidence

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Russell Cooper

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

John Haltiwanger

University of Maryland - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Date Written: December 1990

Abstract

This paper studies an economy in which producers must incur resource costs to replace depreciated machines. The process of costly replacement and depreciation creates endogenous fluctuations in productivity, employment and output of a single producer. We also explore the spillover effects of machine replacement by multiple, independent producers. The implications of our model are generally consistent with observed monthly output and productivity fluctuations in automobile plants and with monthly variations in employment and production in the manufacturing sector.

Suggested Citation

Cooper, Russell W. and Haltiwanger, John C., The Aggregate Implications of Machine Replacement: Theory and Evidence (December 1990). NBER Working Paper No. w3552. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=471528

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