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Sustainable Development: Renewable Resources and Technological Progress

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  • Simone Valente

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    (Institute of Economic Research, ETH Zurich)

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Conflicts between optimality and sustainability are typical in the literature on sustainable development. Using the 'capital-resource' growth model, Pezzey and Withagen (1998) have proved that if natural resources are exhaustible, the time-path of consumption is single-peaked, declining from some point in time onwards. This paper extends the model to include technical progress, resource renewability, extraction costs and population growth. The main result is that, for any constant returns to scale technology, optimal paths can be sustainable only if the social discount rate does not exceed the sum of the rates of resource regeneration and augmentation. The development of resource-saving techniques is crucial for sustaining consumption per capita in the long run, whereas capital depreciation and extraction costs are neutral with respect to this sustainability condition.

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Paper provided by Tor Vergata University, CEIS in its series CEIS Research Paper with number 54.

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Date of creation: 08 Apr 2004
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Keywords: Optimal Growth; Renewable Resources; Sustainable Development; Technological Progress;

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  1. Simone Valente, 2006. "Intergenerational Transfers, Lifetime Welfare and Resource Preservation," CER-ETH Economics working paper series 06/55, CER-ETH - Center of Economic Research (CER-ETH) at ETH Zurich.
  2. Yamaguchi, Rintaro & Ueta, Kazuhiro, 2010. "Capital depreciation and waste accumulation in capital-resource economies," MPRA Paper 23786, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Corrado Di Maria & Simone Valente, 2006. "The Direction of Technical Change in Capital-Resource Economies," CER-ETH Economics working paper series 06/50, CER-ETH - Center of Economic Research (CER-ETH) at ETH Zurich.
  4. Eppink, Florian V. & van den Bergh, Jeroen C.J.M., 2007. "Ecological theories and indicators in economic models of biodiversity loss and conservation: A critical review," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 61(2-3), pages 284-293, March.
  5. Eugenia Vella & Evangelos Dioikitopoulos & Sarantis Kalyvitis, . "Green Spending Reforms, Growth and Welfare with Endogenous Subjective Discounting," DEOS Working Papers 1335, Athens University of Economics and Business.
  6. Endress, Lee H. & Pongkijvorasin, Sittidaj & Roumasset, James & Wada, Christopher A., 2014. "Intergenerational equity with individual impatience in a model of optimal and sustainable growth," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 36(2), pages 620-635.
  7. Simone Valente, 2005. "Genuine Dissaving and Optimal Growth," Others 0505009, EconWPA.
  8. Ulla Lehmijoki, 2004. "On the Beach? Sustainability, Optimal Pollution, and Optimal Population," DEGIT Conference Papers c009_039, DEGIT, Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade.
  9. Lee H. Endress & Sittidaj Pongkijvorasin & James Roumasset & Christopher Wada, 2013. "Intergenerational Equity with Individual Impatience in an OLG Model of Optimal and Sustainable Growth," Working Papers 2013-9, University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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