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Power, Distributive Conflicts, and Multiple Growth Paths

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  • Saint Paul, Gilles
  • Verdier, Thierry

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This article shows that multiple growth paths may occur in a politico-economic model of endogenous growth. This multiplicity is characterized by the coexistence of the low-tax, low-capital-flight equilibrium and a high-tax, high-capital-flight equilibrium. The likelihood of multiplicity is crucially related to the structure of power in society--namely, it is necessary that the politically decisive agents have a greater access to international capital markets than the average in the economy. Copyright 1997 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • Saint Paul, Gilles & Verdier, Thierry, 1997. "Power, Distributive Conflicts, and Multiple Growth Paths," Journal of Economic Growth, Springer, vol. 2(2), pages 155-168, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jecgro:v:2:y:1997:i:2:p:155-68
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