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An Experimental Test of an Optimal Growth Model

  • Vivian Lei
  • Charles N. Noussair

This paper describes the design and behavior of an experimental economy with the structure of the Ramsey-Cass-Koopmans model of optimal growth. The experiment includes three different implementations of the model: a decentralized implementation with multiple agents and a market for capital, a treatment where individual subjects are placed in the role of social planners, and a treatment where the social planner consists of five agents making a joint decision. The findings highlight the role of market institutions in facilitating convergence to the optimal steady state. (JEL C91, C92, O40)

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Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal American Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 92 (2002)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 549-570

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Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:92:y:2002:i:3:p:549-570
Note: DOI: 10.1257/00028280260136246
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