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Cumulative Growth and the Catching-up Debate from a Dis-equilibrium Standpoint

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  • Miguel A. León-Ledesma

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This paper presents an overview of the literature on 'cumulative growth'. It is argued that, independently of the 'new' growth theory, these models have achieved the nature of 'endogenous' growth models. Their main differences, however, lie in the assumptions about the equilibrium prevailing in the economy. Cumulative growth models do not assume a general equilibrium setting and, thus, the main driving force of growth is demand. Although the natural rate of growth is endogenous (through the effect of induced productivity growth), it can be shown that these models are compatible with a wide set of outcomes concerning the catching-up and convergence issue. In order to do this, we present a model of cumulative causation that, overcoming some of the weaknesses of previous models, allows for catching-up from followers to leader to occur. We also show how the induced productivity growth effect may lead to a faster catching-up rate, contrary to the popular result that it necessarily leads to divergence.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Kent in its series Studies in Economics with number 0001.

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Keywords: Cumulative Growth; Catching-up; Endogenous Growth;

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  1. Patrick Llerena & André Lorentz, 2004. "Cumulative Causation and Evolutionary Micro-Founded Technical Change. On the Determinants of Growth rate Differences," Revue économique, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 55(6), pages 1191-1214.
  2. Patrick Llerena & Andre' Lorentz, 2003. "Cumulative Causation and Evolutionary Micro-Founded Technical Change: A Growth Model with Integrated Economies," LEM Papers Series 2003/05, Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM), Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy.

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