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On the non-existence of optimal programs in the Robinson-Solow-Srinivasan (RSS) model

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  • Khan, M. Ali
  • Piazza, Adriana

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We show that in the 2-sector RSS model, there is no optimal program for any initial stock when the felicity function is linear and the marginal rate [xi] equals unity. This settles a conjecture, unresolved since 2005.

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  • Khan, M. Ali & Piazza, Adriana, 2010. "On the non-existence of optimal programs in the Robinson-Solow-Srinivasan (RSS) model," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 109(2), pages 94-98, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:109:y:2010:i:2:p:94-98
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    1. Fabbri, Giorgio & Faggian, Silvia & Freni, Giuseppe, 2015. "On the Mitra–Wan forest management problem in continuous time," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 157(C), pages 1001-1040.
    2. Giorgio Fabbri & Silvia Faggian & Giuseppe Freni, 2016. "Non-Existence of Optimal Programs in Continuous Time," AMSE Working Papers 1630, Aix-Marseille School of Economics, Marseille, France.
    3. Fabbri, Giorgio & Faggian, Silvia & Freni, Giuseppe, 2017. "Non-existence of optimal programs for undiscounted growth models in continuous time," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 152(C), pages 57-61.

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