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A variety-expansion model of growth with external habit formation

  • Doi, Junko
  • Mino, Kazuo

This paper introduces consumption externalities into one of the base line models of growth in which continuing expansion of product variety sustains long-term growth. We assume that consumers set a benchmark stock of consumption for each good so that there are commodity-specific external effects. Each good is produced by a monopolistically competitive firm and the firm exploits the presence of consumption external effects in determining its profit-maximizing price. Given those settings, we show that the introduction of consumption externalities may affect the balanced-growth characterization, transitional dynamics and policy effects in fundamental manners.

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Volume (Year): 32 (2008)
Issue (Month): 10 (October)
Pages: 3055-3083

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Handle: RePEc:eee:dyncon:v:32:y:2008:i:10:p:3055-3083
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