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Beyond the Linearity Critique: The Knife-Edge Assumption of Steady State Growth

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  • Jakub Growiec

    (Warsaw School of Economics)

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The "linearity critique" of endogenous growth models is presented in a general context of an arbitrary growth model and reassessed. It is argued, that presence of linearities is not a valid criterion for rejecting growth models. Existence of exponential/geometrical steady- state growth (i.e. of a balanced growth path with strictly positive growth rates) necessarily requires some knife-edge condition, which is not satisfied by typical parameter values. Hence, balanced growth paths are fragile and sensitive to smallest disturbances in parameter values. Adding higher order differential/difference equations to a model does not change the knife-edge character of steady-state growth.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series GE, Growth, Math methods with number 0505003.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 09 May 2005
Date of revision: 23 Jun 2005
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpge:0505003

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Keywords: long-run economic growth; knife-edge conditions; linearity critique; ordinary differential equations;

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  1. Christian Groth & Karl-Josef Koch & Thomas M. Steger, 2009. "When economic growth is less than exponential," Volkswirtschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge 129-09, Universität Siegen, Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Wirtschaftsinformatik und Wirtschaftsrecht.
  2. Growiec, Jakub, 2013. "A microfoundation for normalized CES production functions with factor-augmenting technical change," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 37(11), pages 2336-2350.
  3. Tobias Kronenberg, 2010. "Energy conservation, unemployment and the direction of technical change," Portuguese Economic Journal, Springer, vol. 9(1), pages 1-17, April.
  4. Growiec, Jakub, 2008. "Knife-edge conditions in the modeling of long-run growth regularities," MPRA Paper 9956, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Christiaans, Thomas, 2008. "International trade and industrialization in a non-scale model of economic growth," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 19(3), pages 221-236, September.
  6. Daniel Cardona & Fernando Sanchez Losada, 2007. "Cost-Based Models of Economic Growth," Working Papers in Economics 179, Universitat de Barcelona. Espai de Recerca en Economia.
  7. Attar, Mustafa A., 2008. "Science in the Third Dimension of R&D," MPRA Paper 9427, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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