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Effectiveness versus Efficiency: Growth-Accelerating Policies in a Model of Growth without Scale Effects

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  • Bettina Büttner
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    Recent R&D growth models without strong scale effects imply that long-run growth rates depend only on parameters that are usually taken to be exogenous. However, integrating human capital accumulation into models of this type, Arnold (2002) demonstrates that subsidizing education accelerates growth. The present paper addresses welfare issues in Arnold's model. The main theoretical finding of the paper is that a system of subsidies that implements the optimal balanced growth path as a decentralized equilibrium includes zero subsidies to education, while R&D activity should be either subsidized or taxed. To shed further light on the latter result, the model is calibrated and it turns out that along the balanced growth path, the decentralized economy underinvests in R&D, i.e. R&D activities should be subsidized. Copyright Verein für Socialpolitik and Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2006.

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    Article provided by Verein für Socialpolitik in its journal German Economic Review.

    Volume (Year): 7 (2006)
    Issue (Month): (08)
    Pages: 297-316

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