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Social status, human capital formation and the long-run effects of money

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  • Hung-Ju Chen

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This study examines the effects of monetary policy in a two-sector cash-in-advance economy of human capital accumulation. Agents concern about their social status represented by the relative physical capital and relative human capital. We find that if the desire for social status depends only on relative physical capital, money is superneutral in the growth-rate sense. However, if the desire for social status depends on relative human capital, the money growth rate will have a positive effect on the long-run economic growth rate. Furthermore, an increase in the desire to pursue human capital will raise the long-run growth rate, but an increase in the desire to pursue physical capital will lower it.

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Volume (Year): 105 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 (April)
Pages: 225-246

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jeczfn:v:105:y:2012:i:3:p:225-246

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Keywords: Cash-in-advance economy; Endogenous growth; Social status; C62; E52; O42;

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  1. Yanagihara, Mitsuyoshi & Lu, Chen, 2013. "Cash-in-advance constraint, optimal monetary policy, and human capital accumulation," Research in Economics, Elsevier, vol. 67(3), pages 278-288.

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