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NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Market Conditions and Retirement of Physical Capital: Evidence fron Oil Tankers

Iain Cockburn, Murray Frank

NBER Working Paper No. 4194
Issued in October 1992
NBER Program(s):   PR

The endogeneity of capital retirements is studied for the particular case of oil tankers from 1979--1989. A model is estimated to examine the effect of changes in market conditions on the price and scrappage of tankers. Energy price rises had a major impact on the value of ships and on which ships were scrapped. A simple model is able to account for many features of the market. We use the information implicit in second-hand prices to ease the computational burden for the model that is estimated.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w4194

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