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The Importance of Industrial Policy in Quality-Ladder Growth Models

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  • Giordani, Paolo E.
  • Zamparelli, Luca

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We extend the class of quality-ladder growth models (Grossman- Helpman (1991), Segerstrom (1998) and others), to encompass an economy with asymmetric fundamentals. In contrast to the standard framework, in our model industries may di¤er in terms of their innovative potential (quality jumps and arrival rates) and consumers�preferences. This extension allows us to bring industrial policy back into the realm of the growth policy debate. We �rst show that it is always possible to raise the long-run growth rate and the social welfare of the economy through a costless tax/subsidy scheme reallocating resources towards the relatively more promising industries. We then prove that, in certain economies, even a mere pro�t taxation policy increases economic growth and social welfare above the laissez-faire.

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Keywords: Innovation-Driven Growth; Asymmetric Fundamentals; Industrial Policy;

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  1. Giordani, Paolo E. & Zamparelli, Luca, 2009. "On Robust Asymmetric Equilibria in Asymmetric R&D-Driven Growth Economies," MPRA Paper 17171, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Simon Wiederhold, 2009. "Government Spending Composition in a Simple Model of Schumpeterian Growth," Jena Economic Research Papers 2009-101, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics.
  3. Felipa de Mello-Sampayo & Sofia de Sousa-Vale & Francisco Camões & Orlando Gomes, 2012. "Protectionism under R&D policy: innovation rate and welfare," Journal of Economic Studies, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 39(1), pages 106-124, January.
  4. Lei Ji, 2013. "Cross-industry tfp growth differences with asymmetric industries and the endogenous market structure," Documents de Travail de l'OFCE 2013-17, Observatoire Francais des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE).

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