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Capital utilization and the foundations of club convergence

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  • Dalgaard, Carl-Johan
  • Winther Hansen, Jes

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Club convergence may arise as an empirical prediction from standard neoclassical growth models where the aggregate production technology displays diminishing returns to capital. This requires that the propensity to save from wage income is greater than the propensity to save from capital income. This paper shows how endogenous capital utilization may produce such savings behavior in an otherwise standard Solow model. That is, even if households save a constant fraction of total income multiple stable steady states may arise when capital utilization is endogenously determined.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 87 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 145-152

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:87:y:2005:i:2:p:145-152

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  1. Melanie Rapino & Benjamin Spaulding & Dean M. Hanink, 2006. "Have Per Capita Earnings and Income Converged across New England?," Growth and Change, Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky, vol. 37(4), pages 620-637.
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  4. Juan Brida & Nicolás Garrido & Francesco Mureddu, 2014. "Italian economic dualism and convergence clubs at regional level," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 48(1), pages 439-456, January.
  5. Rosa Bernardini Papalia & Silvia Bertarelli, 2013. "Nonlinearities in economic growth and club convergence," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 44(3), pages 1171-1202, June.

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