A Model of Creative Destruction with Undiversifiable Risk and Optimising Households
This paper studies optimal household behavior in a model of creative destruction. The saving technology is characterized by stochastic returns that follow a Poisson process. It is shown that equilibrium conditions with optimizing households differ substantially from equilibrium conditions where investment in R&D is determined by firms. Three out of four market failures disappear and a new market failure resulting from a complementarity in financing R&D is identified. Studying the social optimum shows that it contains as the special case of risk neutrality the social optimum derived in the literature.
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Volume (Year): 109 (1999)
Issue (Month): 454 (March)
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