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Is the AK model still alive? The long-run relation between growth and investment re-examined

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To explore the empirical validity of -type endogenous growth models, the long-run relation between growth and investment is examined. Contrary to Jones's (1995) findings, the broadly measured rate of investment exerts a long-run positive effect on the growth rate. This result is supported by evidence from twenty-four OECD countries, 1950-92, and five major industrialized countries, 1870-1987. The panel-data evidence from OECD countries also supports an extended model based on the Uzawa (1965) / Lucas (1988) two-sector model with transitional dynamics. These findings suggest that the long-run relation between growth and investment is consistent the model.

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  • Dajin Li, 2002. "Is the AK model still alive? The long-run relation between growth and investment re-examined," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 35(1), pages 92-114, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:35:y:2002:i:1:p:92-114
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    • O4 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity

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