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Endogenous Growth and Intermediation in an Archipelago Economy

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A general equilibrium model based on the parable of an economy of many islands shows the market imperfections in the intermediation activity affect economic growth and possibly prevent take off into sustained growth. The inhabitants of different islands accumulate heterogeneous assets and transportation-type intermediation allows for better allocation of the productive resources. The development process is accompanied by a reduction in intermediation costs, which induces firms to adopt more efficient techniques and sustains economic growth. A laissez-faire economy suffers from two distortions: the existence of market imperfections and a 'thick market' externality.

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  • F Zilibotti, 1993. "Endogenous Growth and Intermediation in an Archipelago Economy," CEP Discussion Papers dp0167, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
  • Handle: RePEc:cep:cepdps:dp0167
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    1. Gancia, Gino & Zilibotti, Fabrizio, 2005. "Horizontal Innovation in the Theory of Growth and Development," Handbook of Economic Growth,in: Philippe Aghion & Steven Durlauf (ed.), Handbook of Economic Growth, edition 1, volume 1, chapter 3, pages 111-170 Elsevier.
    2. Brito, Paulo B. & Costa, Luís F. & Dixon, Huw, 2013. "Non-smooth dynamics and multiple equilibria in a Cournot–Ramsey model with endogenous markups," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, pages 2287-2306.
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    5. Gilles Saint-Paul, 1994. "La dette publique comme moteur de développement financier," Revue Économique, Programme National Persée, vol. 45(3), pages 767-774.
    6. Zilibotti, Fabrizio, 1995. "A Rostovian model of endogenous growth and underdevelopment traps," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 39(8), pages 1569-1602, October.
    7. Deidda, Luca G., 2006. "Interaction between economic and financial development," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 53(2), pages 233-248, March.
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