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Wright meets Markowitz: How standard portfolio theory changes when assets are technologies following experience curves

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We consider how to optimally allocate investments in a portfolio of competing technologies using the standard mean-variance framework of portfolio theory. We assume that technologies follow the empirically observed relationship known as Wright’s law, also called a “learning curve” or “experience curve”, which postulates that costs drop as cumulative production increases. This introduces a positive feedback between cost and investment that complicates the portfolio problem, leading to multiple...

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Peer reviewed

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10.1016/j.jedc.2018.10.006

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Mathematical Institute
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Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-0684-4955
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
SOGE
Sub department:
Smith School
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
Oxford Martin School
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innovation programmeundergrantagreementNo.730427(COP21RIPPLES
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European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ ERC grant agreement No. 611272 (GROWTHCOM
Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control Journal website
Volume:
101
Pages:
211-238
Publication date:
2019-01-31
Acceptance date:
2018-10-07
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0165-1889
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896795
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2018-11-21

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