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Vertical diversity and equilbrium growth

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  • Satya P. Das

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    (Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi)

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This paper examines the effect of an increase in vertical diversity in workers' skill on the long run growth rate of an economy. It uses a two-secror model where the techonology of the consumption-good sector is supermodular and that of the R&D sector is submodular. By adopting Grossman and Maggi's(2000) model to a framework of growth based on R&D, it shows first that diversity is condutive to growth. As the main innovation, communication gap is introduced among workers. It is then shown that growth may not be increasing with diversity. There may be an inverse-U shaped relationship.

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Paper provided by Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, India in its series Indian Statistical Institute, Planning Unit, New Delhi Discussion Papers with number 04-18.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2004
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Handle: RePEc:ind:isipdp:04-18

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Keywords: Diversity; talent distribution; supermodular technology; submodular technology; growth; skill; R&D; innovations;

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