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Transitional Dynamics And Economic Growth In The Neoclassical Model

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  • KING, R.G.
  • REBELO, S.T.

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Neoclassical transitional dynamics are a central element of standard macroeconomic theory. Quantitative experiments with the fixed-savings-rate models of the 1960s showed lengthy transitions, thus potentially rationalizing sustained differences in growth rates across countries. The authors investigate quantitative transitional dynamics in various neoclassical models with intertemporally optimizing households. Lengthy transitions occur only with very low intertemporal substitution. Generally, when one tries to explain sustained economic growth with transitional dynamics, there are extremely counterfactual implications. These result from the fact that implied marginal products are extraordinarily high in the early stages of development. Copyright 1993 by American Economic Association.

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Paper provided by University of Rochester - Center for Economic Research (RCER) in its series RCER Working Papers with number 206.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: 1989
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Handle: RePEc:roc:rocher:206

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Postal: University of Rochester, Center for Economic Research, Department of Economics, Harkness 231 Rochester, New York 14627 U.S.A.

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Keywords: economic growth ; economic models ; household;

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