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Can sustained growth be attained through trading exhaustible resources for foreign research?

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  • Francisco Cabo
  • Guiomar Martín-Herrán
  • María Pilar Martín-Herrán

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We analyze the existence and the stability of a sustained balanced growth equilibrium (SBE) in a model of two non-homogeneous trading economies. A technological leader country which sells patents of new intermediate products in exchange for an exhaustible resource extracted by a technological follower trade partner. Considering a growth-essential resource, the 'knife-edge' assumption of exactly constant returns to scale (CRS) to manmade inputs can be alleviated, and the scale effects associated with R&D-based growth models overcome. A fully endogenous SBE is proven to exist, although its stability turns out to be a 'knife-edge' possibility. The long-run equilibrium is saddle-path stable assuming CRS in manmade inputs. Conversely, considering increasing returns to scale together with a completely specialized two-country trade, the equilibrium could be reached only if the two economies initially guard a particular relation, described by a particular subset of the state space.

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  • Francisco Cabo & Guiomar Martín-Herrán & María Pilar Martín-Herrán, 2014. "Can sustained growth be attained through trading exhaustible resources for foreign research?," The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 23(2), pages 267-298, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jitecd:v:23:y:2014:i:2:p:267-298
    DOI: 10.1080/09638199.2012.742131
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