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Constant Consumption and the Economic Depreciation of Natural Capital: The Nonautonomous Case

  • Hartwick, John M
  • Long, Ngo Van

We investigate economic depreciation of natural capital for cases of nonstationary output prices, technology, and interest rates. For the former two cases (exogenous movements in prices and technology), constant consumption emerges under a strategy of investing to cover off economic depreciation. The Interest rate case requires a modified sinking fund strategy. Copyright 1999 by Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association.

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Article provided by Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association in its journal International Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 40 (1999)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 53-62

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