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Endogenous Product Cycles

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  • Grossman, Gene M
  • Helpman, Elhanan

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The authors construct a model of the product cycle featuring endogenous innovation and technology transfer. Competitive entrepreneurs in the industrialized North introduce new products whenever the expected present value of oligopoly profits exceeds the cost of product development. In the middle-income South, entrepreneurs devote resources to learning the production processes that have been developed in the North. The authors study the determinants of the long-run rate of growth of the world economy and the long-run rate of imitation. They also study the effects of exogenous events and of public policy on relative wage rates in the two regions. Copyright 1991 by Royal Economic Society.

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  • Grossman, Gene M & Helpman, Elhanan, 1991. "Endogenous Product Cycles," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 101(408), pages 1214-1229, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:101:y:1991:i:408:p:1214-29
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