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Optimal growth policy: The role of skill heterogeneity

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  • Grossmann, Volker
  • Steger, Thomas M.

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A simple semi-endogenous growth model is employed to show that optimal subsidization of both R&D and capital costs is independent of the distribution of R&D skills in the workforce. This holds despite the empirically supported fact that a higher R&D subsidy rate raises wages of R&D workers.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 119 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 162-164

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Keywords: Optimal growth policy; R&D skills; R&D subsidy; Semi-endogenous growth; heterogeneity;

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  1. Grossmann, Volker & Steger, Thomas M. & Trimborn, Timo, 2011. "The macroeconomics of TANSTAAFL," Working Papers 101, University of Leipzig, Faculty of Economics and Management Science.

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