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Undiscounted optimal growth in a Leontief two-sector model with circulating capital: The case of a capital-intensive consumption good

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    This essay presents a complete characterization of undiscounted optimal policy in a Leontief two-sector growth model. We work with the precise technological specification used in Nishimura and Yano [Nishimura, K., Yano, M., 1995. Non-linear dynamics and chaos in optimal growth: an example. Econometrica 63, 981-1001; Nishimura, K., Yano, M., 1996. Chaotic solutions in dynamic linear programming. Chaos Solitons & Fractals 7, 1941-1953; Nishimura, K., Yano, M., 2000. Non-linear dynamics and chaos in optimal growth: a constructive exposition. In: Majumdar, M., Mitra, T. (Eds.), Optimization and Chaos. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, pp. 258-295] and employ a geometric method developed by Khan and Mitra [Khan, M.A., Mitra. T., in press. Optimal growth in a two-sector model without discounting: a geometric investigation. Japanese Economic Review]. Our analysis uncovers rich transition dynamics. Monotonic convergence emerges only under a non-negligible set of parameters with two special features; impossibility of full utilization of factors and convergence in a finite number of periods. Moving beyond this special case, full utilization is not always optimal even if it is feasible. Furthermore, with 'large enough' capital stock the optimal policy becomes a constant.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

    Volume (Year): 66 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 2 (May)
    Pages: 420-436

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:66:y:2008:i:2:p:420-436

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    1. Ali Khan, M. & Piazza, Adriana, 2011. "Optimal cyclicity and chaos in the 2-sector RSS model: An anything-goes construction," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 80(3), pages 397-417.
    2. Khalifa, Sherif, 2013. "Undiscounted optimal growth with consumable capital and capital-intensive consumption goods," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 65(2), pages 118-135.
    3. Khalifa, Sherif, 2011. "Undiscounted optimal growth with consumable capital and labor-intensive consumption goods," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 28(4), pages 1673-1682, July.
    4. Gomes, Orlando, 2013. "Information stickiness on general equilibrium and endogenous cycles," Economics - The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, vol. 7(4), pages 1-43.

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