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Crecimiento económico y calidad medioambiental


  • Mª del Pilar Martínez García

    (Universidad de Murcia)

  • Mª del Mar Sánchez de la Vega

    (Universidad de Murcia)


En este trabajo presentamos un modelo de crecimiento económico y contaminación, que incorpora un sector de investigación en tecnologías menos contaminantes. Además, a diferencia de otros modelos propuestos en este contexto, incluye la posibilidad de destinar parte del capital existente a la mejora del medio ambiente. El modelo se formula como un problema de control óptimo. En una economía centralizada, se determinan las condiciones necesarias y suficientes que ha de cumplir una solución óptima, y se establece la existencia de dicha solución. Se analiza además, una economía descentralizada, con diferentes agentes (consumidores y productores) que actúan de forma óptima según sus intereses. En esta situación, se determina cómo debe ser la actuación del gobierno para que, con el funcionamiento normal de una economía de mercado, se alcance el óptimo social, correspondiente al problema anterior. We analyze a model of economig growth with stock of pollution that incorporates pollution-augmenting technological, change, and include also the possibility of investing part of the capital stock in the environment recovering. The models is formulated as an optimal control problem. In a centralized economy, we find the necessary and sufficient conditions for an optimal solution, and the existence of this solution is established. We analyze also a descentralized economy, with different agents (consumers and producers) optimally operating, in accordance with their own interests. In this situation we study the way in which government should work to achieve, with the normal behaviour of a market economy, the social optimum, corresponding to the previous problem.

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  • Mª del Pilar Martínez García & Mª del Mar Sánchez de la Vega, 1998. "Crecimiento económico y calidad medioambiental," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 9, pages 103-118, Junio.
  • Handle: RePEc:lrk:eeaart:9_2_6

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    Optimal control; economic growth; pollution;

    JEL classification:

    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development


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