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Semi-endogenous growth when population is decreasing


  • Thomas Christiaans

    () (FOM University of Applied Sciences)


The paper analyzes the effect of a negative population growth rate on per capita income growth using a simple model of semi-endogenous growth. It is shown that there is a non-monotonous relationship between population growth rates and long-run per capita income growth rates. Compared to the case of positive population growth the dynamics are richer and depend on the rate of depreciation. Semi-endogenous growth becomes partly endogenous.

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  • Thomas Christiaans, 2011. "Semi-endogenous growth when population is decreasing," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 31(3), pages 2667-2673.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-11-00182

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    Cited by:

    1. Hiroaki Sasaki, 2013. "Positive and Negative Population Growth and Long-Run Trade Patterns: A Non-Scale Growth Model," Discussion papers e-13-004, Graduate School of Economics Project Center, Kyoto University.
    2. Luca Guerrini, 2012. "Constant population growth rate and time to build: the Solow model case," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 32(4), pages 3260-3265.
    3. repec:kap:jeczfn:v:122:y:2017:i:2:d:10.1007_s00712-017-0556-2 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Sasaki, Hiroaki & Hoshida, Keisuke, 2014. "Semi-Endogenous R&D Growth Model with Negative Population Growth," MPRA Paper 53833, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Sasaki, Hiroaki, 2017. "A Note on the Solow Growth Model with a CES Production Function and Declining Population," MPRA Paper 80062, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    negative population growth; semi-endogenous growth;

    JEL classification:

    • O4 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity


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