Sequentiality versus simultaneity: Interrelated factor demand

M.K. Asphjell, W.A. Letterie, O.A. Nilsen, G.A. Pfann

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Abstract

Firms may adjust capital and labor sequentially or simultaneously. In this paper, we develop a structural model of interrelated factor demand subject to nonconvex adjustment costs and estimated by simulated method of moments. Based on Norwegian manufacturing industry plant-level data, parameter estimates reveal cost advantages for adjusting capital and making net changes in labor simultaneously. Factor demand models with fully specified interrelated adjustment costs structures perform best to describe the dynamic panel data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)986-998
JournalReview of Economics and Statistics
Volume96
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014

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