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Welfare Implications of Non-scale R&D-based Growth Models


  • Thomas M. Steger


Non-scale R&D-based growth models imply that the decentral and the socially optimal long-run growth rate coincide. Nonetheless, the distortions inherent in a market economy bias both the R&D investment share and the saving rate. As a result, the level of the balanced growth path may differ substantially between the two types of solution, implying a dramatic loss in welfare. The present paper explores the sources and magnitude of this gap. In addition, the consequences of public policies are examined, distinguishing between isolated policy measures from an overall policy programme. Copyright The editors of the "Scandinavian Journal of Economics", 2005 .

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  • Thomas M. Steger, 2005. "Welfare Implications of Non-scale R&D-based Growth Models," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 107(4), pages 737-757, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:scandj:v:107:y:2005:i:4:p:737-757

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