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An evolutionary model of industrial growth and structural change

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This paper explores the rules which regulate market shares dynamics within industries jointly with the mechanisms underpinning a process of general evolution in which n sectors grow at different rates and structural change takes place. It introduces a selection equation, which allows for selection within and between sectors and explores the forces that can account for the differential growth of different industries. Sectoral and aggregate productivity growth rates depend upon a sorting and a selection mechanism between and within sectors, which continuously changes the relative position of competing firms. This paper generalises Metcalfe’s Fisher Principle (Metcalfe, 1998) results to a multi-sectoral economy.
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  • Montobbio, Fabio, 2002. "An evolutionary model of industrial growth and structural change," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 13(4), pages 387-414, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:streco:v:13:y:2002:i:4:p:387-414
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    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance
    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models

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