Convergence behaviour in exogenous growth models
AbstractThis paper analyzes several aspects of convergence behaviour in the Solow growth model. In empirical work, a popular approach is to log-linearize around the steady-state. We investigate the conditions under which this approximation performs well, and discuss convergence behaviour when an economy is some distance from the steady-state. A formal analysis shows that convergence speeds will be heterogeneous across countries and over time. In particular, the Solow model implies that convergence to a growth path from above is slower than convergence from below. We find some support for this prediction in the data.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK in its series Bristol Economics Discussion Papers with number 06/590.
Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2006
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convergence; economic growth; Solow model;
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- O41 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models
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- NEP-DEV-2006-08-19 (Development)
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