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  • Strulik, Holger

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This paper introduces wealth-dependent time preference into a simple model of endogenous growth. The model generates adjustment dynamics in line with the historical facts on savings and economic growth in Europe from the High Middle Ages to today. Along a virtuous cycle of development more wealth leads to more patience, which leads to more savings and even higher wealth. Savings rates and income growth rates are thus jointly increasing during the process of development until they converge towards constants along a balanced growth path. During the transition to modern growth an economy in which the association of wealth and patience is stronger overtakes an otherwise identical economy and generates temporarily diverging growth rates. It is shown how wealth-dependent time preference can explain the existence of a locally stable poverty trap as well as the phenomenon of simultaneously falling interest rates and rising growth rates.

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Paper provided by Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät in its series Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) with number dp-426.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2009
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Keywords: economic growth; savings; time preference; poverty trap; moral consequences of economic growth.;

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  1. Dalgaard, Carl-Johan & Strulik, Holger, 2010. "The History Augmented Solow model," Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) dp-460, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.
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  3. Strulik, Holger, 2009. "Knowledge and Growth in the Very Long-Run," Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) dp-414, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.
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  5. Strulik, Holger, 2011. "Poverty, Voracity, and Growth," Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) dp-473, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.
  6. Holger Strulik, 2012. "From Worship to Worldly Pleasures: Secularization and Long-Run Economic Growth," Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth - Discussion Papers 116, Courant Research Centre PEG.
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  8. Vollmer, Sebastian & Holzmann, Hajo & Schwaiger, Florian, 2010. "Peaks vs. Components," Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) dp-452, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.
  9. Kirill Borissov, 2013. "The existence of equilibrium paths in an AK-model with endogenous time preferences and borrowing constraints," EUSP Deparment of Economics Working Paper Series Ec-01/13, European University at St. Petersburg, Department of Economics.
  10. Strulik, Holger, 2013. "Limited self-control and long-run growth," Center for European, Governance and Economic Development Research Discussion Papers 181, University of Goettingen, Department of Economics.
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