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A two-sector model of endogenous growth with leisure externalities

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  • Azariadis, Costas
  • Chen, Been-Lon
  • Lu, Chia-Hui
  • Wang, Yin-Chi

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This paper considers the impact of leisure preference and leisure externalities on growth and labor supply in a Lucas (1988) [12] type model, as in Gómez (2008) [7], with a separable non-homothetic utility and the assumption that physical and human capital are both necessary inputs in both the goods and the education sectors. In spite of the non-concavities due to the leisure externality, the balanced growth path is always unique, which guarantees global stability for comparative-static exercises. We find that small differences in preferences toward leisure or in leisure externalities can generate substantial differences in hours worked and growth, which may play a significant role in explaining differences in growth paths between the US and Europe, in addition to the mechanisms uncovered in Prescott (2004) [15] relying on differing marginal tax rates on labor income. Our model indicates, however, that a higher preference for leisure or leisure externality implies less growth but also less education attainment, which seems counterfactual.

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Volume (Year): 148 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 843-857

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:148:y:2013:i:2:p:843-857

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Keywords: Leisure externalities; Two-sector model; Labor supply; Economic growth;

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