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Property Rights and Growth

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  • Holger Strulik

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  • Ines Lindner

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The paper analyses the long-run equilibrium and adjustment dynamics in models of economic growth where property rights are absent. A comparison with the standard models assesses the importance of property rights quantitatively. In the neoclassical growth model individuals arrive at a lower steady-state level of consumption. The absolute convergence hypothesis does not longer hold. An augmented non--linear Ak economy is capable of long-run growth without institutional arrangements if this holds true for an otherwise identical economy with secure property rights. The lawless economy, however, approaches a lower long-run growth rate which is only up to about half of that of an economy with secure property rights. This is due to a lower investment rate despite identical long--run capital productivity. The model, therefore, can explains conditional convergence.

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Paper provided by Hamburg University, Department of Economics in its series Quantitative Macroeconomics Working Papers with number 19904.

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  1. Sequeira, Tiago Neves, 2004. "Mortality Rate and Property Rights in a Model with Human Capital and R&D," FEUNL Working Paper Series wp455, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Economia.
  2. Mino, Kazuo, 2006. "Voracity vs. Scale Effect in a Growing Economy," MPRA Paper 16999, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Mino, Kazuo, 2006. "Voracity vs. scale effect in a growing economy without secure property rights," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 93(2), pages 278-284, November.

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