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The Hartwick rule as a conservation law


  • Heijnen, P.

    () (Universiteit van Amsterdam)


Using conservation laws, we provide a new proof of the Hartwick result, i.e. there is intergenerational equity if and only if net investment is constant. Subsequently, the technique is used to show that constant net investment does not indicate intergenerational equity if consumers value the existence of an essential non-renewable resource.

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  • Heijnen, P., 2008. "The Hartwick rule as a conservation law," CeNDEF Working Papers 08-11, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Center for Nonlinear Dynamics in Economics and Finance.
  • Handle: RePEc:ams:ndfwpp:08-11

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    1. Bormotov, Michael, 2010. "Modern Knowledge Based Economy: all-factors endogenous growth model and total investment allocation," MPRA Paper 19932, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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