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Croissance et statut social
[Growth and social status]

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  • Jellal, Mohamed
  • Rajhi, Taoufik

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In this paper we present a model of economic growth where agents are characterized by social status concern behaviour. With respect to the literature, we show that social status seeking is not always desirable for economic growth. Specially, we prove that the impact of status seeking on growth is positive only when saving is low or when the productivity of capital is low. In these two cases, the norm of social status seeking may be seen as a social incentive mechanism leading to wealth accumulation. These theoretical results are quite general and they do not depend on the functional forms assumed in the model

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 38418.

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Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:38418

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Keywords: social status; growth; wealth accumulation;

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  1. Andrew E. Clark and Andrew J. Oswald, . "Satisfaction and Comparison Income," Economics Discussion Papers 419, University of Essex, Department of Economics.
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  1. Thi Kim Cuong PHAM & Phu NGUYEN-VAN, 2009. "Endogenous Fiscal Policies, Environmental Quality, and Status-Seeking Behavior," Working Papers of BETA 2009-22, Bureau d'Economie Théorique et Appliquée, UDS, Strasbourg.
  2. Pham, Thi Kim Cuong, 2005. "Economic growth and status-seeking through personal wealth," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 21(2), pages 407-427, June.
  3. Thi Kim Cuong PHAM, 2004. "Wealth distribution, endogenous fiscal policy and growth: status-seeking implications," Working Papers of BETA 2004-11, Bureau d'Economie Théorique et Appliquée, UDS, Strasbourg.

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