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Poverty traps and growth in a model of endogenous time preference

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  • Chakrabarty, Debajyoti

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We study the effect of endogenous time preference in a simple neo-classical model of growth. The variation of time preference causes the economy to have multiple steady states, some of which are similar to poverty traps. The stability properties of these steady states are analyzed. The results are interpreted in light of the growth experiences of developing economies. The model can explain why two economies that have identical production technologies and identical preferences may converge to different levels of income depending on initial conditions. --

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Paper provided by ZEI - Center for European Integration Studies, University of Bonn in its series ZEI Working Papers with number B 27-2002.

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Keywords: Intertemporal choice; Saving; Growth; Local stability; Poverty traps;

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  1. Michel, Philippe & Vidal, Jean-Pierre, 2003. "Self-control and savings," Working Paper Series 0211, European Central Bank.
  2. Chakrabarty, Debajyoti, 2002. "Growth and business cycles with imperfect credit markets," ZEI Working Papers B 29A-2002, ZEI - Center for European Integration Studies, University of Bonn.
  3. Satya P. Das & Rajat Deb, 2003. "Policies to combat child labor: A dynamic analysis," Indian Statistical Institute, Planning Unit, New Delhi Discussion Papers 04-01, Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, India.

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