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The Poverty of Growth with Interdependent Utility Functions

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  • Salamon, Peter
  • Komlos, John

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We argue that with interdependent utility functions growth can lead to a decline in total welfare of a society if the gains from growth are sufficiently unequally distributed in the presence of negative externalities, i.e., envy.

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Paper provided by University of Munich, Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers in Economics with number 619.

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Keywords: Interdependent utility functions ; growth ; inequality;

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  1. Martin Gonzalez Eiras & Dirk Niepelt, 2004. "Sustaining Social Security," Working Papers 72, Universidad de San Andres, Departamento de Economia, revised Jun 2004.

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