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Optimal Growth when Tastes are Inherited

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  • De La Croix, D.
  • Michel, P.

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We address the issue of optimal growth when standard-of-living aspirations are transmitted from one generation to the next. We derive the condition for the optimal solution to be stable in the saddle-point sense and show that this optimal solutionmay display damped oscillations even when the planner does not discount the utility of future generations (golden rule case).

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Paper provided by ASSET (Association of Southern European Economic Theorists) in its series ASSET - Instituto De Economia Publica with number 168.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 1997
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Handle: RePEc:fth:inecpu:168

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Keywords: EXTERNALITIES ; INVESTMENTS ; SUBSIDIES;

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