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Ethnic Human Capital Externalities and Inequality in a General Equilibrium Growth Model

  • Zhang, W.-B.

    (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan)

This study deals with economic growth and income and wealth distribution in an economic growth model of heterogeneous households with economic structure and ethic-based human capital accumulation. The model emphasizes the role of ethnic human capital externalities on economic structural change and wealth and income distribution. It is based on Arrow's learning and the two core theories in economics - Walrasian general equilibrium theory and neoclassical growth theory. The economic system consists of one capital goods sector, one consumer goods sector, and any number of households (types). The motion is described by a set of differential equations. For illustration we simulate the motion of the economic system with three ethnic groups. We identify the existence of a unique stable equilibrium point. We also carry out comparative dynamic analysis. The comparative analyses provide some insights into the complexity of economic growth with ethnic human capital externalities.

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Volume (Year): 21 (2014)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 33-54

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