Stabilization Policy, Learning-by-Doing, and Economic Growth
This paper shows that fiscal policy, when used for stabilization purposes, can have a positive effect on the economy's growth, on human capital accumulation, and on welfare. The authors introduce stochastic productivity shocks into a model in which productivity is augmented through learning-by-doing. If future benefits of learning-by-doing are not fully internalized by workers, then recessions are periods in which opportunities for acquiring experience are foregone. The authors identify configurations of disturbances and other parameters for which a countercyclical policy maximizes growth and welfare. Copyright 1997 by Royal Economic Society.
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Volume (Year): 49 (1997)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
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