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Satiation and Underdevelopment

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  • Peter Funk

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In this article we show how absolute poverty and per capita growth can be sustained simultaneously in a fully integrated world economy even in the absence of population growth. In contrast to the literature we use a model of endogenously sustained growth in which not only the intensity of progress is determined endogenously, but also the direction of change. The essential assumptions driving the results are that once a person has satisfied his basic needs, he prefers high-quality commodities to low-quality commodites and that innovation-possibilities within high-quality sectors are not unskilled labor-using.

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Paper provided by University of Bonn, Germany in its series Discussion Paper Serie A with number 508.

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Date of creation: May 1994
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Handle: RePEc:bon:bonsfa:508

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Keywords: Endogenous growth; induced innovations; direction of change; persistent poverty; growth and inequality.;

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  1. Grüner, Hans Peter, 2008. "Capital Markets, Information Aggregation and Inequality: Theory and Experimental Evidence," CEPR Discussion Papers 6750, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Choi, Yo Chul & Hummels, David & Xiang, Chong, 2009. "Explaining import quality: The role of the income distribution," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 78(2), pages 293-303, July.
  3. Peter Funk, 2005. "Competition and Growth in a Vintage Knowledge Model," Working Paper Series in Economics 15, University of Cologne, Department of Economics.
  4. Yo Chul Choi & David Hummels & Chong Xiang, 2006. "Explaining Import Variety and Quality: The Role of the Income Distribution," NBER Working Papers 12531, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  5. Funk, Peter, 2008. "Entry and growth in a perfectly competitive vintage model," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 138(1), pages 211-236, January.
  6. Funk, Peter & Vogel, Thorsten, 2004. "Endogenous skill bias," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 28(11), pages 2155-2193, October.

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