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The Importance of Industrial Policy in Quality-Ladder Growth Models

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  • Giordani Paolo E

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    (European University Institute and LUISS Guido Carli)

  • Zamparelli Luca

    ()
    (The University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ and The New School for Social Research)

Abstract

We extend the class of quality-ladder growth models (Grossman and Helpman, 1991, Segerstrom, 1998 and others), to encompass an economy with asymmetric fundamentals. In contrast to the standard framework, in our model industries may differ in terms of their innovative potential (quality jumps and arrival rates) and consumers' preferences. This extension allows us to bring industrial policy back into the realm of the growth policy debate. We first show that it is always possible to raise the long-run growth rate and the social welfare of the economy through a costless tax/subsidy scheme reallocating resources towards the relatively more promising industries. We then prove that, in certain economies, even a mere profit taxation policy increases economic growth and social welfare above the laissez-faire.

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Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics.

Volume (Year): 8 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 1-30

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  1. Paolo E. Giordani & Luca Zamparelli, 2009. "On Robust Asymmetric Equilibria in Asymmetric R&D-Driven Growth Economies," Working Papers CELEG 0903, Dipartimento di Economia e Finanza, LUISS Guido Carli.
  2. Lei Ji, 2013. "Cross-industry tfp growth differences with asymmetric industries and the endogenous market structure," Documents de Travail de l'OFCE 2013-17, Observatoire Francais des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE).
  3. Simon Wiederhold, 2009. "Government Spending Composition in a Simple Model of Schumpeterian Growth," Jena Economic Research Papers 2009-101, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics.

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